A federal judge recently ordered one county in Texas to put books with LGBT and racial themes back onto shelves in public libraries citing the First Amendment.
“Although libraries are afforded great discretion for their selection and acquisition decisions, the First Amendment prohibits the removal of books from libraries based on either viewpoint or content discrimination,” the judge said according to CNN.
Some of the books in question include “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson; “They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group” by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; and “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen” by Jazz Jennings.
Jennings is a prominent trans activist in South Florida and star of the show “I Am Jazz.”
“This is a ringing victory for democracy,” Ellen Leonida, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Texas case, told CNN. “The government cannot tell citizens what they can or can’t read. Our nation was founded on the free exchange of ideas, and banning books you disagree with is a direct attack on our most basic liberties.”