Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Shares Florida’s ‘Ban List’

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There is a big debate going on in America about what learning materials are appropriate for children in schools. Increasingly, parents are taking the opportunity to have a say in what their children are allowed to read in educational institutions.

Some parents are seeking to ban certain books from schools that contain what they consider to be inappropriate discussions or references to race, sexuality and gender. Others defend the content as necessary for the full education of a child.

Recently, an illustrated adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary was reviewed in a Texas school district to see if it meets new standards set by administrators after being “challenged” by a concerned local actor.

On Twitter, Star Wars’ Mark Hamill shared an image suggesting a number of classic books were facing a broader ban in Florida.

Star Wars’ Mark Hamill this week tweeted a photo of a “banned book list,” including classics like The Lord of the Rings and To Kill A Mockingbird, which are said to have been “banned” in Florida. In this combo image, Hamill (left) at the premiere of Disney’s “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” on December 16, 2019 in Hollywood, California, an image of a child in a library (right) and Anne Frank (inset).
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A tweet sent by Mark Hamill on August 22, 2022 shows a list of books that are supposedly “banned” in Florida. The tweet had received over 187,000 engagements at the time of writing.

Text in the image reads “Florida’s Anti-Revival Banned Book List. A few of them make sense considering Republicans should be terrified their constituents will read ‘1984.’”

Hamill tweeted alongside the image “This works as a recommended playlist as well.”

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Conservative leaders in Florida (and the United States) have sought to give parents greater control over the books or materials taught to their children in schools.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been a champion of this movement. In March 2022, DeSantis signed HB 1467, which will allow “parents to make decisions about the materials their children are exposed to in school.”

This has led to a wave of criticism which has seen schools ban dozens of books from their libraries.

However, the suggestion that Florida banned established classics like 1984, The Lord of the Rings, and Kill a mockingbird is not true, nor is the implication that the ban affects all citizens.

It’s not clear from the image in Hamill’s tweet whether the list of “banned” books refers to a statewide ban or the conversation around criticism of school libraries.

In April 2022, Miami New Times published a list of books “banned” in Florida school districts.

These include some of the books that appear in the list shared by Hamill, namely: Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianJay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Whythat of Alex Gino georgeby Judy Blume Still, At Khaled Hosseini’s The kite runnerby Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale and Angie Thomas’ The hate you give.

It’s worth pointing out that these aren’t banned in the broadest sense, just that the books won’t be available in some Florida school libraries.

However, while the governor of Florida has given more powers to parents to determine which books can be taught in public schools, there is no statewide “banned books list” for children. school libraries or elsewhere.

We have found no evidence that the books on the list (except those mentioned) have been removed from Florida school libraries or otherwise censored in the state.

In a statement to Snopes, a DeSantis spokesperson said some of the books on the list are “specifically referenced in Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (BEST) standards,” though he didn’t specify which ones.

So while some of the books on the list aren’t taught or loaned in some school districts in Florida, they aren’t banned statewide, as can be inferred from the tweet, and book bans aren’t uniforms throughout Florida. schools.

Some of the books on the list were also taken from school libraries in other states. In November 2021, a school district in Kansas removed 30 books from its district school libraries, including The hate you give.

Additionally, while some of the books on the list shared on Twitter aren’t banned in Florida schools, they’ve run into trouble in the past. The Harry Potter series topped an aggregated list of the toughest between 2000 and 2009. The stories faced calls for censorship from Christian religious leaders who condemned the books as satanic.

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Fake

Fake.

There is no “anti-revival banned book list” in Florida. The image in Hamill’s tweet contains a mixture of missing context, misleading and false information. Although some of the books on this list are not kept in certain Florida school libraries, the restriction does not apply statewide to all schools, nor does it affect residents who wish to purchase books. Many books are not banned in schools or elsewhere.

FACT CHECK BY Newsweek’s Fact Checking Team

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