Video: Poet and Author Amanda Gorman Joins “CBS Mornings” For Her First Interview Since Her Poem And Book, “The Hill We Climb,” Was Restricted in a Florida School
Poet and author Amanda Gorman joins “CBS Mornings” for her first interview since her poem and book, “The Hill We Climb,” was restricted by a Florida elementary school. She shares her initial reaction to the ban, why she believes restricting books keeps history from children and how she got involved in a book-ban giveaway event.
Gorman said that in addition to the book being moved to the middle school section of the library, students now have to specifically ask for “The Hill We Climb” and prove to a media specialist they have the correct reading level for the book.
“There’s a huge loophole that exists where we expect if a book isn’t burned behind the school and thrown away, that’s not a ban … I think we have to broaden our understanding of the restriction and removal that’s going on,” Gorman said.
“Just because a book is still technically in circulation doesn’t mean that the access to that book has been preserved,” she said. “If anything, we’re seeing a lot of rolling back of that access.”
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