Former President Barack Obama is promoting a TikTok campaign that defends “banned books” conservatives are fighting against due to explicit sexual content not fit for children which many contend are pornographic in nature.
The video is expected to be the first in a series that pushes reading books taken off school shelves due to content in what he contends are “profoundly misguided” restriction efforts, Fox News is reporting.
The Kankakee Public Library in Illinois posted a video featuring a number of people reading books that have faced controversy, such as Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give.” Obama appears in the video at the end reading a book and drinking from a Kankakee Public Library mug.
According to the Washington Post, Obama has filmed a number of videos in various libraries across the country to promote access to all books irrespective of sexualized content being exposed to school children.
@kankakeepubliclibrary Reading can transport you to new worlds #LetFreedomRead #FreedomToRead #SummerReading #KankakeePublicLibrary ♬ original sound – Kankakee Public Library
“To have someone like President Obama appreciating the work that we do, and also sharing our mission for intellectual freedom, it just couldn’t come at a better time,” Harris County Public Library System Program Director Linda Stevens remarked.
The video appears to be a direct slap against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) who has led the way in getting inappropriate material off school shelves and supporting parents outraged at books their children are being subjected to that contain pornographic material.
According to PEN America’s Index of School Book Bans lists, almost 1,500 books were banned from schools in the first half of the 2022-2023 school year. However, that seems to be reported without context given the circumstances.
Obama posted a letter to Twitter on Monday falsely claiming the bans target “people of color, Indigenous people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.”
When they accuse us of “banning books” they’re referring to graphic books containing pornographic content offered to kids in schools across the country.
For some reason, they never show examples from the books
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 17, 2023
“Today, some of the books that shaped my life—and the lives of so many others—are being challenged by people who disagree with certain ideas or perspectives. It’s no coincidence that these ‘banned books’ are often written by or feature people of color, Indigenous people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community—though there have also been unfortunate instances in which books by conservative authors or books containing ‘triggering’ scenes have been targets for removal,” Obama speciously claimed in his letter to librarians.
“Either way, the impulse seems to be to silence, rather than engage, rebut, learn from or seek to understand views that don’t fit our own. I believe such an approach is profoundly misguided, and contrary to what has made this country great,” he continued.
In another tweet, Obama referred people to the Unite Against Book Bans campaign from the American Library Association to “support librarians and defend the right to read.”
To learn how you can support librarians and defend the right to read, join the Unite Against Book Bans campaign led by the American Library Association at https://t.co/XKi7Wivivc.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 17, 2023
DeSantis’ Parental Rights in Education Law is obviously being targeted by Obama in the campaign. It prohibits school employees or third parties from distributing materials on “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” throughout all grade levels in order to protect students.
The governor has had to constantly battle the media and the left who call the law a book ban instead of a move to protect children and return the power of choice to parents.
“They are doing that to try to create a narrative, they’re not doing that because Florida has a law,” DeSantis noted. “They’re doing it because they know there is enough people in corporate media who will just take that, and run with that… if it is explicit and pornographic, parents have the right to object.”
If you’ll sit down and read Gender Queer, then defend making it available to kids, I’ll do you the favor of running ads all over the country to let people know. You’ll never do it because you know it would disgust normal people that your party wants kids to read it. pic.twitter.com/qRAI8eC9Rx
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 17, 2023
The Washington Post reported that 75% of children’s picture books that have been challenged involved “titles with LGBTQ characters and storylines.” What it didn’t report is that the vast majority of them allegedly contain themes such as sexual intercourse, oral sex, gay sex, transgenderism, and other sexual topics that are not appropriate for children and have parents enraged.
One of the books, “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe, an LGBT book that has been introduced to elementary and middle-school students across the nation has been severely called out. The book includes erotic scenes of men having sex, illustrations of minors performing oral sex, and a drawing of a man masturbating a young boy’s penis. The left is framing the issue as discrimination when in fact, it is about pornography.
Obama’s campaign will only further divide Americans on the issue, which may, in fact, be the point:
Democrats and Randi Weingarten have worked hard to repurpose our schools into Maoist Reeducation Centers. They have made public schools Systemically Predatory, and have baked grooming into their “pedagogy.”
Marxists have systemically poisoned America.
— LittleRedRidingPills (@TheEvmeister) July 17, 2023
What we need is Obama reading these books he loves so much to a group of young kids on video, so the whole country can see what everyone is talking about and make a judgment about who’s right and wrong.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) July 17, 2023
— Albert Latham (@albert1776) July 18, 2023
Obama’s life was apparently shaped by porn
— Chaya Raichik (@ChayaRaichik10) July 18, 2023
Why? Because he’s fundraising off the issue and because controlling our children is a Marxist wet dream!
— FugitiveMama (@fugitivemama) July 17, 2023
Why would he use the phrase “some of the books that shaped my life” but then not give any examples? Gas Lighting continues from this disingenuous man.
— DisruptingTech Δτ (@brycePharmD2012) July 17, 2023
— Trump News Today (@TrumpNewsTD) July 18, 2023
Because his focus is on grooming children
— Matthew Brown (@Matthew95050234) July 18, 2023
If you were the least bit serious about this
Which you aren’t
You would have made a non-partisan statement about censorship
Which is most emanating from the bloody radical left
Which you and @TheDemocrats
Instead of virtue signaling about
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) July 18, 2023
This country would be better suited if our youth stays as far away as they can from any books that influenced you,
— Chicago1Ray (@Chicago1Ray) July 17, 2023
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