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School Bans Comic Book of Diary of Anne Frank Over “Sexually Explicit” Cartoon Statues

A Florida principal recently removed Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation from the Vero Beach High School library for its depictions of “sexually explicit” statues. The book was removed after a local chapter of the anti-LGBTQ+ group Moms for Liberty (MOL) complained about the book’s images and argued that it was “not a true adaptation of the Holocaust.” Jennifer Pippin, chair of MOL’s Indian River County chapter, complained about a scene in which Anne Frank walks past statues of nude women. “I must admit, every time I see a female nude, I go into ecstasy,” Frank’s words on the statue panel read. “If only I had a girlfriend!” This is a shorter version of the words that appeared in Anne Frank’s diary. Indian River County school district spokesperson Cristen Maddux told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), “[The graphic novel is] not the actual diary of Anne Frank. It’s a fictional novel that has some inappropriate content in it….[It] was removed due to minimization of the Holocaust.”

Geraldine Brooks, Lan Samantha Chang, and Saeed Jones Among This Year’s Winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Novels by Geraldine Brooks and Lan Samantha Chang and poetry by Saeed Jones are among this year’s winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. Journalist and activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was also honored for lifetime achievement. The award is presented to literature “that confronts racism and explores diversity.” Jury chair Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a statement, “These remarkable books deliver groundbreaking insights on race and diversity…All are capped by the lifetime achievement of Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who remade this country with her courage and her nuanced reporting.”

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