A school in America banned Biden's ceremony poem after a single parent complained
A Miami-Dade elementary school has removed Amanda Gorman's presidential inauguration poem, "The Hill We Climb," from its curriculum after a parent complained it contained indirect "messages of hate."
Gorman, 25, who gained national attention after reciting her poem at President Joe Biden's 2021 inauguration, tweeted a status to denounce the poetry ban.
"I'm upset," she began, explaining that the censored books are often by authors "who have struggled for generations to get on the bookshelves," most of whom are "weird and not white".
“I wrote The Hill We Climb so that all young people can see themselves at a historic moment,” Gorman wrote. "Since then, I have received countless letters and videos from children inspired by The Hill We Climb to write their own poems. Robbing children of the opportunity to find their voice in literature is a violation of their right to free thought and free speech."
According to documents released by the Florida Freedom to Read Project, the book was pulled after a parent complained in March that it was "not educational and has implicit messages of hate." The same parent complained about four other books: ABCs of Black History, Cuban Kids, Countries in the News: Cuba, and Love to Langston.