Censored Young Adult Sports Novels: Entry Points for Understanding Issues of Identities and Equity
In early 2018, first-year high school student Ny’Shira Lundy challenged the banning of Angie Thomas’s (2017) young adult novel The Hate U Give, which for reasons of vulgarity, was temporarily removed from shelves in Katy, Texas. In February 2018, the more public and privileged National Basketball Association (NBA) players, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, were also challenged, this time by political talk show host Laura Ingraham, who reacted to the players’ unfavorable public comments about the President of the United States. “Must they run their mouths like that?” Ingraham (ingrahamangle, 2018) asked. “Unfortunately, a lot of kids—and some adults—take these ignorant comments seriously. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball” (Bonesteel & Bieler, 2018). On social media, the hashtag #ShutUpAndDribble exploded.
Fredricksen, James E.; Thornberry, Jason M.; and Gritter, Kristine. (2019). "Censored Young Adult Sports Novels: Entry Points for Understanding Issues of Identities and Equity". The ALAN Review, 46(2), 58-64.