Boca Raton Community Middle School Parents Outraged That Book Was Distributed In Class.
The Book, “Black Like Me,” Is Not Approved In Palm Beach County. Parents Say Book “Completely Inappropriate For Eighth Graders.”
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) [EXCLUSIVE] — A Boca Raton Community Middle School teacher Wednesday was ordered to stop using the book “Black Like Me” in the classroom after parents complained about its sexual content. The outrage and eventual demand to stop using the book had nothing to do with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on “Critical Race Theory” teaching, but rather the book’s explicit sexual content that administrators consider to be inappropriate for all grade levels.
“Black Like Me,” published by Journalist John Howard Griffin in 1961, depicts his journey through the segregated South. Griffin, white, had his skin darkened to appear black. Parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com said they received no response from the School Board when they flagged passages from the book, including these:
“Well, you people don’t seem to have the inhibitions we have. We’re all basically puritans. I understand Negroes do a lot more things – different kinds of sex – than we do. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I admire your attitude, think it’s basically healthier than ours. You don’t get so damned many conflicts. Negroes don’t have much neuroses, do they? I mean you people have a more realistic tradition about sex – you’re not so sheltered from it as we are.”
“All showed morbid curiosity about the sexual life of the Negro, and all had, at base, the same stereotyped image of the Negro as an inexhaustible sex-machine with oversized genitals and a vast store of experiences, immensely varied. They appeared to think that the Negro has done all of those “special” things they themselves have never dared to do. They carried the conversations into depths of depravity.”
The teacher, who we are not identifying at this time, provided the eighth-grade class with PDFs of the book — not the actual book itself. Copyright issues aside, a senior Palm Beach County School District administrator said the book should have never been given to students.
“This is not approved on any list for anyone in the Palm Beach County School District. The teacher was told to stop immediately.”
Several parents told BocaNewsNow.com that a Boca Raton Community Middle School official stated that the book is on the approved Palm Beach County School District list even though It is not.
“The materials contained in this book are inappropriate for kids at this age,” said a parent who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “As a parent that tries to protect my children from dangers on the internet and the world, it is ridiculous that the schools are putting these discussions of pornography, genitals, and sexual veracity in front of our kids.”
“This isn’t about race,” said another parent. “I support race being discussed in school. But teachers shouldn’t be leading eighth-graders in discussions about whether people who identify as black have sex differently than people who identify as white.”
It was not immediately clear if the teacher involved will face disciplinary action.
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