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NYC’s public schools are blasted for introducing woke children’s book with ‘queer’ main character

New York City public schools have come under fire for featuring a children’s book that features a ‘queer’ main character greeting AOC and his squad, while mocking Mitch McConnell.

A book titled: What You Don’t Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood has reportedly been distributed to school libraries in New York City. New York Post.

The picture book is intended for 10- and 11-year-olds and is reportedly labeled as part of the Universal Mosaic independent reading curriculum, which the Department for Education is expected to launch next year.

The book was written and illustrated by Brooklynite Anastasia Higginbotham and centers on a black ‘gay sixth grader’ named Demetrius, who hasn’t come out yet but is learning to love himself and navigate school, home and life. church.

Demetrius can be seen in the book feeling comfortable and ‘safe’ with his mother swearing, but insecure in church.

A Staten Island mother called it a “horrible book” that is anti-Catholic and mixes church and state.

She and another mother said the principal at PS 3 in Pleasant Plains refused to distribute it to students. The school was also reportedly reviewing other books to determine if they were appropriate for students.

NYCs public schools are blasted for introducing woke childrens book

One of the pivotal scenes in the book is in church, where the main character, Demetrius, sits

One of the pivotal scenes in the book is in church, where the main character, Demetrius, feels “ashamed” in church because he is gay. After his soul leaves his body, he has a conversation with Jesus, where he asks if he is going to ‘punish’ LGBT+ haters and if Billy Porter and Mitch McConnell deserve or no love.

Anastasia Higginbotham, from Brooklyn, wrote and illustrated a book about a 'gay sixth grader' who is learning to love himself and navigate school, home and church.

Anastasia Higginbotham, from Brooklyn, wrote and illustrated a book about a ‘gay sixth grader’ who is learning to love himself and navigate school, home and church.

One of the focal points of the book is when Demetrius and his mother attend church and he has a wakeful conversation with Jesus.

As he and his mother sit in the pew, he says, “Churches can preach all they want about love; all I feel when I’m here is shame.”

As the boy’s soul leaves his body, he meets Jesus, where he asks the holy figure if he ‘knows what’s going on down there’. and if ‘it hurts your feelings if I don’t believe in you?’

The understanding Jesus replies: ‘It is my job to believe in you and I do.’

Demetrius then asked Jesus: ‘So we are all right?’ The big man replied: ‘Always’.

Later in the fictional conversation, the boy, who comes from a divided family, asks Jesus: ‘Are you going to punish the people on Earth who hate me and blame you?’

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Jesus replies that he would not, but that ‘everyone is invited to love and be loved’.

As they continue to fly down what appears to be a red carpet, a look-alike of Billy Porter in a black dress appears, to which Demetrius asks if he should be loved.

Jesus replies: ‘Especially him! I love the dress, Billy!

Next up is a stunt double for Mitch McConnell, where Demetrius asked, ‘Even…?’

Jesus replies: ‘Yes’.

During an online reading of the book, Higginbotham confirmed that he was the politician.

That’s Mitch McConnell. And the boy wants to know if even Mitch McConnell is invited to love and be loved considering all the damage he is causing,” he said.

The book goes on to show her parents watching television with the names of US Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez on the screen.

The narrator goes on to say, according to the New York Post, “We will rewrite the rules by which we live and love the world in balance,” suggesting that AOC’s Squad is the way of the future.

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Demetrius also says that he feels 'loved and seen' when his mother curses in front of him about politicians endangering the lives of transgender children.

Demetrius also says that he feels ‘loved and seen’ when his mother curses in front of him about politicians endangering the lives of transgender children.

Parents are also concerned about some other books reported to have been part of the Universal Mosaic curriculum, which was introduced by former Mayor Bill de Blasio. Among the titles is a book called The Bell Rang, which is recommended for kindergarteners and deals with slavery. Another title, I’m Not A Girl, is about a transgender boy and is recommended for first graders. A preschool-level book called Our Skin reportedly blames white racism.

However, the Department of Education told the New York Post that What You Don’t Know and Our Skin are not on the list, despite parents saying they were marked as such in libraries.

One state island council, Joseph Borelli, said the books were a “poor parting gift from the previous administration”.

The book, titled: What You Don't Know: A Story of Childhood Liberated, is reportedly part of the Universal Mosaic collection that former Mayor Bill de Blasio started and is expected to be introduced in schools next year.  The parents claim that the book has been labeled as part of the collection, but the Department of Education says otherwise.

The book, titled: What You Don’t Know: A Story of Childhood Liberated, is reportedly part of the Universal Mosaic collection that former Mayor Bill de Blasio started and is expected to be introduced in schools next year. The parents claim that the book has been labeled as part of the collection, but the Department of Education says otherwise.

The book also reported showing the names of AOC and his squad (pictured) and suggesting that they are the way to the future.

The book also reported showing the names of AOC and his squad (pictured) and suggesting that they are the way to the future.

‘Fortunately, most of my directors have used them as paperweights. There is no value in trying to offend parents and confuse students,” Borelli said.

Bion Bartning, the founder of the New York-based Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, said the books were “well intentioned” but that “bringing political and ideological materials into the classroom can undermine trust between families and schools”.

‘Being inclusive begins with listening to diverse perspectives and embracing the culture, values ​​and deeply held beliefs of all families who are part of the school community,’ she said.

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