The 13th Amendment Loophole, BlindSpot, Banned Books
Heather Hart, teen librarian at Salt Lake City Public Library Marmalade Branch, who called in for #BannedBooksWeek. She shared several titles deemed objectionable to some:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: On the top ten banned list for 2014. Challenged for anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: depictions of bullying. Award: 2007 National Book Award medal.
This One Summer: Top ten banned list for 2016. Challenged for inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, sexually explicit with mature themes. Awards: 2015 Newbery Honor seal (an honor given to distinct illustrated works for children) and a 2015 Printz honor (excellent for teens).
Blindspot with youth activist Saida Dahir, who shared an essay on implicit gender bias and a spoken word piece called "Struggles." Made possible with the generous support of the Utah Women's Giving Circle, Blindspot was a 12-part series on the issues affecting the lives of women and girls.
Also, we featured the upcoming event 13TH – West Jordan Free Film Screening + Discussion with a panel to talk about Redefining Justice: A Call to Action. Guests included:
Emma Houston, SL County Mayor's Diverity and Inclusion director
Anna Thomas of the ACLU of Utah
Jackie Chamberlain with Juvenile Justice Services
Juvenile justice advocate and defense attorney Nubia Peña