Texas parent who demanded Michelle Obama biography be removed from schools called the book ‘leftist indoctrination,’ document shows

UNITED STATES – JULY 25: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

  • A document shows a parent calling a children’s book about Michelle Obama “leftist indoctrination.”

  • The parent demanded that the book be removed from a Texas school district.

  • This is one of many attempts to ban books that deal with race, gender, or sexuality.

A Texas parent argued that a children’s biography of former First Lady Michelle Obama is “leftist indoctrination” and demanded that the book be taken off the shelves. NBC News reported.

In a “reconsideration request for educational resources,” an unnamed parent argued that Heather E. Schwartz’s “Michelle Obama: Political Icon” “dishonestly” portrayed former President Trump as a “bully” and shames white girls.

NBC News reporter Mike Hixenbaugh posted a copy of the parent’s complaint to the Katy Independent School District in Texas at Twitter Thursday.

According to the form, the parents said they believed the book’s goal was to indoctrinate children into “the left-wing movement with a negative image of another president” and “reverse racism — want young white girls to believe the way the way they talk is a culturally unacceptable way in today’s society.”

“Complete leftist indoctrination is being applied to every child who reads this book,” the parent said on the form.

Although the attempt to ban the book failed, Insider previously reported, this is one of several attempts to ban books on race, gender and sexuality across the country, as well as attempts to ban critical race theory.

“As an author, reader and parent, I am against the banning of books on principle,” Schwartz, the author of Obama’s biography, told Insider Wednesday. “There could be no safer way for children to learn about difficult topics, gain new perspectives, and explore the world and their place in it than by reading words on a page.”

The Katy Independent School District in Texas, Heather E. Schwartz and Michelle Obama did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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