Free Speech

Defending Toni Morrison


At a meeting on September 10, 2013, Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar labeled Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eyepornographic” and called for its removal from state teaching guidelines for high school students. Board member Mark Smith went a step further, calling the novel part of “an underlying socialist-communist agenda.”

The ACLU had a few things to say about that. Wilmington College Professor Laura Struve, Ph.D also penned a blog post for Plunderbund, explaining what’s wrong with banning The Bluest Eye.

Hundreds of people from all over the world followed suit, sending letters to Terhar and Smith, asking them to stop promoting the censorship of important works of literature like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

Our voices were heard! On September 26, The Ohio Department of Education announced that The Bluest Eye will not be erased from the Common Core text list.