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Biden says Americans should stop targeting teachers, banning books

Politics Apr 27, 2022 07:36PM ET
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By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said American teachers are being unfairly targeted in "the culture wars," and warned against book banning in an event at the White House Wednesday.

Biden, speaking at an annual 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year award ceremony, said politicians are trying to score points by banning books, in an apparent reference to conservatives and Republicans in states from Texas to Tennessee.

"American teachers have dedicated their lives to teaching our children and lifting them up," Biden said to murmurs of agreement from the teachers. "We’ve got to stop making them the target of the culture wars. That’s where this is going.”

Across the United States, more than 1,000 titles, mostly addressing racism and LGBTQ issues, have been removed from school libraries in recent months, according to the writers' organization PEN America.

He also defended U.S. teachers, who have been criticized by groups like "Moms for Liberty," for they way they teach about race and slavery in the United States.

"Today, there are too many politicians trying to score political points, trying to ban books," Biden said. "Did you ever think when you were teaching you’d be worrying about book burning and banning books all because it doesn’t fit someone’s political agenda?"

Biden says Americans should stop targeting teachers, banning books
 

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gab nea
gab nea May 01, 2022 7:19AM ET
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only the crazy republicans are attacking teachers, not sure if they are americans anymore, they love putin more than the present American president. shame!
William Smith
William Smith Apr 30, 2022 2:23PM ET
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Actually the American hating leftists that control Biden and the Democrat Party should be banned.
Ken Colontonio
Ken Colontonio Apr 28, 2022 9:56AM ET
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When you stop targeting our children, we will stop targeting the teachers and books that support your warped agenda.
gab nea
gab nea Apr 28, 2022 9:56AM ET
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historically the only book banning, burning was committed by ****s brown shirts and their ilk. so why is the republicans emulating him? oh because they want to cancel all black brown and gay americans, how shameful! what happened to live and let live, how about love thy neighbor? atheist?
gab nea
gab nea Apr 28, 2022 9:56AM ET
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nazis and *****
gab nea
gab nea Apr 28, 2022 7:31AM ET
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you mean ban books like the ***brown shirts did?
gab nea
gab nea Apr 28, 2022 7:31AM ET
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nazi
David Lockshin
David Lockshin Apr 28, 2022 2:08AM ET
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List of books please
Elezabeth Thomas
Elezabeth Thomas Apr 28, 2022 1:05AM ET
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Joe Biden has never read a book.
gab nea
gab nea Apr 28, 2022 1:05AM ET
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ha ha ha, biden definitely reads more than the orange faced liar for sure, care to bet?
David Smith
David Smith Apr 27, 2022 8:32PM ET
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Go back to sleep Joe
John Laurens
John Laurens Apr 27, 2022 8:04PM ET
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Dems and their freaky "teachers" need to stop teaching toddlers to hate each other's skin color, and  about their obsession with ******* SERIOUSLY!
John Laurens
John Laurens Apr 27, 2022 8:04PM ET
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saw-dum-ee
Michael Mcdonough
Michael Mcdonough Apr 27, 2022 7:02PM ET
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Calling the kettle black as they say…forcing a trangender curriculm on young students is just wrong..and let’s not forget Attorney General Garland’s son in law runs a large busniess selling woke curriculum to American school districts..corruption in the Biden Adminstration everywhere you look..
carol ruszin
carol ruszin Apr 27, 2022 6:37PM ET
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Right-wing idiots
 
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