I commend Durant High School and in particular Superintendent Duane Meredith for the decision to keep Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye in the school library.
At the same time, I understand Michele Williams’ not wanting her children to read the book. Although I do not agree with her point of view, I grant that, as the legal guardian of her children, she has the right to restrict what they read.
However, as Superintendent Meredith has pointed out, she can exercise this control under the existing system by asking the school library to flag books she does not want her children to check out and her children will not be able to check them out.
What Ms. Williams had asked the school to do was to prevent all children from checking out the book. She does not have the right to tell other parents what their children should read.
I thank Durant High School for making a choice that upholds the freedoms guaranteed in the United States Constitution.