Alabama senator calls for removal of Toni Morrison novel aligned with Common Core…

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — One week after facing an official GOP reprimand for failing to oppose Common Core, Sen. Bill Holtzclaw is calling upon state educators to ban a novel used in conjunction with the national standards.

Holtzclaw objects to “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison’s first novel, being included on high school reading lists. He said was unaware whether the book was in high school libraries, but that he would also support removal from school libraries.

“The book is just completely objectionable, from language to the content,” said Holtzclaw, who points out the novel includes depictions of incest and child molestation.

The American Library Association lists “The Bluest Eye” as the 15th most commonly banned or challenged book in the United States from 2000 through 2009. Morrison, who released the novel in 1970, later won the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for literature.

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