THE BLUEST EYE Under Attack in New York State
Tony Morrison's The Bluest Eye is being challenged in New York state.
Callejo said a petition submitted to the board on Thursday was signed by more than 20 people and focused on 16 pages in the book that contain sexually explicit passages. The novel, an Oprah's Book Club selection, currently is on the Red Hook school district's 11th-grade reading list.All I can say is does Oprah know about this?
"If I were to try to summarize for the (parents), I think they felt it was too strong of language and content for this age group," McLaughlin said. "I think they felt there were three parts of it that were too graphic in their mind. ... I've read the book, and it's very powerful."
Said Callejo: "The problem that the parents had - and they were using the term 'inappropriate' - is that it's basically given to 16- and 17-year-olds, where their maturity levels are different," he said.