Yet another “woke” library book has surfaced in American public schools. New York City schools are reportedly carrying “What You Don’t Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood,” a book receiving criticism for taking controversial political stances and hammering traditional religious beliefs.
The book is part of an approved reading list for NYC fifth graders, and features lead character Demetrius. He is a black, “queer” elementary school student who has trouble fitting in with the other kids in his school.
The book by author Anastasia Higginbotham also features Jesus as a character who is “all-accepting.” In that context, it also includes a jab at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by showing an illustration of him and asking if he should be loved by Jesus and by children.
In a YouTube video showing her reading her book, Higginbotham identifies the illustration of McConnel and explains that the child asks Jesus if even the senator should love and be loved in light of “all the harm he is causing.”
The book also shows Demetrius inside a church and depicts him feeling ashamed for being there. The book shows that the character’s distress comes because he feels hatred from Christians who hate LGBTQ+ people like him “in Jesus’ name.”
The book goes on to favorably depict congressional “squad” members Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Demetrius sees them as he is watching television with his family and describes them all as “champions of change.”
The book was discussed by parental rights advocate and New York Republican congressional candidate Maud Maron on the Monday episode of “Fox & Friends First.” Maron told host Griff Jenkins that the issue of woke indoctrination “runs deeper” than Higginbotham’s book, in that classroom discussions are “harder to follow and track” than published material.
Maron said that she has begun to hear children who are students in New York schools use terms like “sex assigned at birth.” She noted that sex is an objective fact that is not assigned at birth but is obvious based on biology.
She went on to tell parents to stand up against woke ideologies in their children’s schools no matter what their personal political preferences are.