Vamos a Cuba Denied Entry to Supreme Court
The big legal battle over a little book has come to an end today. The U.S. Supreme Court decided it won't take up the case.
The Miami-Dade County School Board removed Vamos a Cuba from library shelves in 2006 after a parent complained that the 32-page book for young readers portrayed a sunny description of a Cuba that doesn't exist.
Supporters of the book said the point of the book, and the series it was a part of, was to provide a few basic facts about a country and to illustrate that children around the world are basically the same. Detractors said it was factually incorrect by omitting the tidbit that Cuban children live under the rule of a communist dictator.
The school board banned the book in a 6-3 decision, with some members reportedly afraid of violent retaliation if they didn't ban the book (wait, who lives under a brutal regime?). The ACLU of Florida sued, but lost a number of appeals.
Today the Supreme Court decided not to take up the case. Previous appeals decisions sided with the school board, saying it was within its rights to remove factually incorrect material.
In other news, the court also decided to reject a case involving the Washington Redskins logo, brought by Native American groups. Florida State Seminoles are breathing a sigh of relief.
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