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Persepolis Letter 317

Persepolis Letter 317

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March 17, 2013Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEOMembers of the Board of EducationChicago Public Schools125 South Clark StreetChicago, Illinois 60603Dear Ms. Byrd-Bennett and School Board Members,On behalf of the Kids’ Right to Read Project, we strongly urge you to reconsider the recentdecision to remove the award-winning and critically acclaimed graphic novel
Persepolis
from 7
th
 to 10
th
grade classrooms in Chicago Public Schools.
Persepolis
, Marjane Satrapis unique and affecting memoir of her childhood in Iran during theIslamic Revolution, has been taught in many classes in the Chicago Public School district andacross the country. A work of great acclaim,
School Library Journal
called the book “a graphicnovel of immense power and importance for Westerners of all ages.”While we are relieved that the book will remain available to older students, the restriction onaccess for junior high school students is extremely troubling. The title character of Satrapis bookis herself the age of junior high school students, and her description of her real-life experiencesmight well have special relevance to them. The explanation that the book is “inappropriate” forthis age group is unpersuasive. The vast majority of Chicago middle school students are surelyaware of the reality of violence and its devastating effects on people of all ages. Most havewitnessed it on the news, if not in their own neighborhoods. To remove this book because of objections to its content is impermissible under the FirstAmendment. As the Supreme Court has said, the constitution does not permit “officiallyprescribed orthodoxy” which limits what people may read, think, speak or say. The fact that weare confronted with images and not words does not make a difference—the courts have ruled thatimages, like words, are fully protected by the First AmendmentPlease do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.Sincerely,
 
 Joan BertinExecutive DirectorNational Coalition Against CensorshipCharles BrownsteinExecutive DirectorComic Book Legal Defense Fund

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