If You Come Softly By Jaqueline Woodson

Available At: Air Academy, Chinook Trail (MS), DCC (HS)

Categories: Anti-Police, Anti-Religion, Racism, Whiteness

Description: “After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people’s reactions”.

YA Label?: Sometimes

Notes: This book contains controversial racial commentary; controversial social commentary; and derogatory term.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 135: “That’s true. But you also have to take it a step deeper ’cause you’re black. They’re not ‘those churches,’ they’re black churches and because they’re black churches, they affect you.”

Page 136: “…holding hands when these white boys started acting stupid- saying stuff like “jungle fever” and “who turned out the lights?”

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