No More Cajun Heritage Displays at Lafayette Public Library
Book displays highlighting specific segments of the population such as Pride Month, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Native American history and even Cajun heritage are no longer allowed at Lafayette Parish public libraries.
Due to the politically appointed library board's continued attacks on the library, Library Director Danny Gillane said Tuesday he had to start somewhere with the new policy which will be in place "for the foreseeable future."
In late 2021 and so far in 2022, agitators have challenged two books and a documentary film, seeking to have them removed or their access limited. Before the library board voted on whether to ban the items, Gillane announced he was moving all teen non-fiction books to the adult non-fiction section.
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"For a library that’s ridiculous," Lynette Majia, an administrator of the Lafayette Citizens Against Censorship Facebook page, said Tuesday. "It goes against everything a library is supposed to stand for."
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"This is viewpoint discrimination," Matthew Humphrey, president of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Lafayette, said. "Denying representation to any minority community at the public library will not go unanswered. We are not afraid to sue."