Free expression seems to be top of mind in the Bay Area these days.
Rev. Jeff Moore, a counselor at Independence High School in San Jose and president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley branch of the NAACP, was putting together the annual Black History Month display for the district office of East Side Union High School District.
Moore had seen and liked the work of Mark Harris, 47, a San Francisco painter and mixed-media artist. So he asked Harris to pull together a small exhibit of his work. Harris agreed. He drove down to San Jose and installed the work in the district’s display cases on Jan. 30.
On Jan. 31, Harris woke up to a two-line email from Moore, saying that his work had been taken down.
So began a local censorship controversy that’s stretched into a third week. Multiple media outlets have covered the story, and the National Coalition Against Censorship has taken an interest.
The idea of a neutral, idea-free education may be a comforting one for adults, but no child would be naive enough to believe it, and they’re right.
Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle