There’s a #BlackLivesMatter Textbook Coming Out; Author Defends from Criticism

The #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a major part of American politics over the past year, and already its message is being crystallized into a textbook for middle school students.

Educational publisher ABDO will be releasing the Black Lives Matter textbook within the next few months, and this is how the book’s web page describes its contents:

Black Lives Matter covers the shootings that touched off passionate protests, the work of activists to bring about a more just legal system, and the tensions in US society that these events have brought to light.

Naturally, the textbook hasn’t exactly been received well by the conservative media. Radio host Larry Elder called it an indoctrinating text on Fox News.

The textbook was written by journalist Sue Bradford Edwards and Professor Duchess Harris, the latter of whom gave an interview to ThinkProgress defending the textbook’s contents.

She said critics they can’t judge a book they haven’t read yet, argued that it’s important for middle school students to learn about race, and said this:

“It is important for it to be in the classroom. I was interviewed on public TV on Friday. I was explaining I have a lot of white friends who approach me who asked what could they use to facilitate these conversations [about Black Lives Matter]. I’m black, my husband’s black, my kids are black. They don’t need a guidebook. It’s those other parents who do.”

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