A Republican in the United States gains popularity by attacking the slavery novel “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, a black Nobel Prize-winning author in Literature, as conservatives across the country accuse schools of promoting teaching that blames the white.
The attacks appear to be paying off for Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy businessman who is running for governor of Virginia Tuesday against former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Youngkin focuses his attacks on McAuliffe around a case involving the teaching of the book “Beloved” in Virginia schools.
“Beloved”, based on true events, tells the story of a former slave from the mid-19th century who decides to kill her young daughter so that she does not suffer slavery as well.
The celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning book, released in 1987, was turned into a film in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey. The author also received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
In his portrait of the horrors of slavery, Morrison uses graphic depictions of sex and violence.
Thus, in 2013, a white Virginia woman, Laura Murphy, began a long battle against the teaching of this book, saying that it had given her son who was in high school nightmares.
Murphy helped persuade the state General Assembly to pass a law that would give parents the right to exclude their children from reading assignments they consider sexually explicit.
McAuliffe, who was then governor, vetoed that law and a similar one as an attack on freedom of expression.
Youngkin is capitalizing on that episode by promoting his candidacy by featuring Laura Murphy in a highly-viewed ad in the final week of the hard-fought election campaign.
“McAuliffe,” read a Youngkin campaign statement, “continues to confirm every day that he wants to silence parents because he does not believe they should have a say in their children’s education.”
For his part, McAuliffe has repeatedly tried to link his rival to Donald Trump.
“Youngkin’s message on the banning of books and the silencing of esteemed black authors is a secret appeal to racists, designed to enlist the support of the most extreme elements of his party, and mainly that of his main endorsement, Donald Trump.” the Democrat said in a statement.
Virginia has been biased in the last few elections, but Youngkin and the Republicans are mobilizing voters angered by the restrictions related to COVID and the reports, highlighted in the conservative media, that question the teaching of the so-called “critical theory of the race”.
This approach to teaching American history, which proposes that racism is embedded in the legal system, has sparked an angry debate across the country.
It is not in Virginia school curricula, but Youngkin gets cheers when he promises to ban it, according to The Washington Post.
The McAuliffe campaign dismisses it as a cynical attempt to fuel the “culture wars” that divide the country.
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Republican in US gains popularity by attacking Nobel-winning novel on slavery