Cody schools vote not to ban “The Color Purple” novel.

The Color Purple is a novel by Alice Walker. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1983. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. (Graphic by Carissa Mosness)

A resident of Cody, WY, recently filed a lawsuit seeking a ban on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Carol Armstrong, the woman who filed the lawsuit, argued the book was “vulgar” and pornographic because it dealt with themes of rape and incest.

At a recent meeting, however, the Cody School District’s Educational Resources Complaints Committee voted unanimously to keep the book in city school libraries, along with the novel by Ibrahim X. Kendi. , “How to be an anti-racist”, which was also the source of the complaint. by a resident.

“How to Be an Anti-Racist” deals with the subject of racism and how individuals can take action to fight racism and address and bring about meaningful change around the issue of race relations.

Much of the book deals with critical race theory, a topic that has been a topic of conversation in schools across the country.

Despite these complaints, many people who attended the meeting wore purple to declare that the book should remain in school libraries.

. In the end, the committee voted 9-0 to keep “The Color Purple” in libraries, arguing that students should be exposed to all points of view.

Parents who have filed these complaints have the opportunity to appeal this decision and, in the future, parents will have the option of being informed by e-mail of the books their children consult throughout the school year. .

Irene B. Bowles