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The Culture-War Trap

Conservative politicians and organizations have stepped up efforts to ban books about sexual and racial identity while mimicking left-wing arguments about diversity and inclusion. Progressives would be well advised to steer clear of the losing battle over hurt feelings and focus on promoting their economic and political agendas.

NEW YORK – The United States is in the midst of a book-banning frenzy. According to PEN America, 1,648 books were prohibited in public schools across the country between July 2021 and June 2022. That number is expected to increase this year as conservative politicians and organizations step up efforts to censor works dealing with sexual and racial identity.