Florida School District Removes Toni Morrison Novel From Curriculum

The first book written by the late Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is being removed from circulation by a Florida school district after a complaint by a parent whose 15-year-old was required to read it in an advanced literature course.

The Pinellas County School Board decided Tuesday to remove “The Bluest Eye,” Morrison’s debut book published in 1970, a novel about an 11-year-old African American girl growing up after the Great Depression who thinks of herself as ugly and prays her eyes will turn blue so that people would consider her beautiful.

“The Bluest Eye” was part of a collection of books that earned Morrison, who died in 2019, the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature. She also won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “Beloved.”

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