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Wed Nov 24, 2021, 12:42 AM

Young adult Latino literature faces conservative backlash

Young adult Latino literature faces conservative backlash

Marina E. Franco (Noticias Telemundo), Russell Contreras at Axios



Young adult Latino authors, ranging from Ashley Hope Pérez to Benjamin Alire Sáenz, are facing threats from conservative school boards that want to remove their work from schools for tackling issues of race and sexuality.

Why it matters: The growing backlash against lessons on slavery, racism and LGBTQ issues in classrooms has engulfed young adult Latino authors whose work is often overlooked in discussions about race in education materials.

Banning the works in libraries or schools makes reading about and contemplating those experiences less accessible than those of the majority-white non-Hispanic authors and publishers in the industry.

The bans are especially centered on the young adult genre, which is increasingly promoted on new platforms like Instagram (known as Bookstagram) or TikTok (with the hashtag #BookTok), and has slowly diversified particularly with sci-fi and fantasy offerings.


Applegrove: Bannon said, infront of the courthouse last Monday, that their movement was getting the support of Latinos. This is about voters down the road and making sure there is not understanding of others. Racism has to be actively cultivated. So does sexism. They use both to corral as many Latinos as they can.

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