P!nk will distribute 2,000 censored books in schools in the United States at her concerts this Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15 in the state of Florida, in the cities of Miami and Sunrise. P!nk has teamed up with the group PEN America, dedicated to promoting freedom of expression, to carry out this action.
Specifically, P!nk will give the public copies of four books whose reading has been banned in American schools. These are ‘Family Book’ by Todd Parr, ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison, ‘Girl Who Code’ by Resha Saujani and ‘The Hill We Climb’ by Amanda Gorman.
P!nk has stated that “it is aberrant that the authorities take action against books that talk about race and racism or that are written by LGBTQ+ authors or black authors.” She has also said that both she and her children are “voracious readers” and has pointed out that “I can’t imagine that parents tell their children what they can or read, much less that parents of other children do this, much less that someone who doesn’t even have children and who is deciding what mine can read does it.
Challenging her followers on social networks, P!nk has shared a list of books censored in Florida schools, among which are ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, ‘1984’, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ or ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. “Tell me which of these books are pornographic,” the singer wrote.
The PEN America website lists in alphabetical order the books in the United States that have not been allowed to be read during the academic year. The reading of these books may have been “restricted” or outright “prohibited” for “short periods of time or indefinitely.” Some of these texts are again available in school libraries.
P!nk is on tour presenting her latest album, ‘TRUSTFALL’.