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Fact Checking McAuliffe’s Claim That Youngkin Wants to Ban Books by Black Authors

Posted on AllSides November 9th, 2021
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The Democratic nominee in the Virginia gubernatorial race Terry McAuliffe has accused his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin of “want[ing] to ban books by prominent Black authors from Virginia schools.”

McAuliffe has made similar comments in the past few days, claiming that Youngkin is “closing his campaign on banning books … he wants to ban Toni Morrison’s book Beloved” in an interview with Meet the Press on Sunday. The basis for this claim is Youngkin’s criticism of McAuliffe’s veto of two bills that would have allowed parents to opt their children out of reading texts that contain sexual material.

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