published : 2023-08-22
'Marxist Lesbian' Library President Faces Criticisms Over Controversial Views
American Library Association's top figure stirs ire with her radical stance and policies
Stacy Langton, a rather concerned mother next-door with six children, found herself in heated contention against the Fairfax County Public Schools. Her gripe revolves around the Virginia school disregarding Governor Glenn Youngkin's advice on gender and pronouns.
Emily Drabinski, a name increasingly synonymous with controversy, presides over the American Library Association (ALA). In the recent past, she has made her intensions clear about restructuring children's libraries around 'notions of queerness.' She aims to disrupt the intervention of those she dubs 'angry, White mob parents' against her changes.
April 2022 marked her ascent to the ALA presidency. Her self-ascribed 'Marxist lesbian' identity and history of pronounced anti-conservative rhetoric has provoked flares of discontent among parent advocates. These critics also take issue with her pursuit to inculcate LGBTQ literature in libraries besides asserting her views on parental rights.
'Emily Drabinski's self-professed beliefs are testament to her being a dangerous radical bent on sensibilizing children and performing her indoctrination through the heart of your local library' - these were the explicit words of Tom Jones, president of the American Accountability Foundation.
Jones continued to express shock and disapproval at Drabinski's ambitious visions for libraries. 'Politics and pornography have neither place nor role in children's libraries, an evident axiom she chooses to challenge,' he lamented.
As a self-avowed Marxist, Drabinski has sent shockwaves through her community, with resulting backlash leading to states withdrawing funding to the ALA.
Donning her ideological hat once again, Drabinski sought to rationalize why sexually explicit content must be shared with children. She reflected back to her own adolescence, where she had read a book about 'fantastic queer sex in a field' at just 14. She commended such literature to be school library stalwarts, facilitating refuges for children to discover their truths.
A growing alliance of parents is pushing back against the liberal access to sexually explicit books in school libraries. Drabinski, however, has dismissed their concerns, labelling these parents as an 'angry, White mob'.
Drabinski's audacious remarks on the 'Thought Project Podcast', about the individuals who strive to remove certain books from library shelves, are garnering attention. She denounced them as 'angry, White mob parents' who wish to erase the existence of Black, Jewish, and gay communities. She expressed fear about the organized and violent nature of these protests.
Drabinski spoke unflinchingly about transforming libraries. She eagerly contended that libraries function as safe spaces with potentials to diassociate from traditionally conservative perspectives. She insisted on instituting ideas that the right-leaning folk wouldn't generally align with.
Drag queen story hours, Drabinski's brainchild, held in libraries, have stirred a hornet's nest. Parallelly, Christian leaders are being barred from these very spaces to engage with the children. Actor Kirk Cameron, for instance, was denied from more than fifty of these establishments, despite initially being invited to read at some.
Drabinski's leadership tenure at ALA has been fraught with controversies. Initial resistance to her selection was spearheaded by Montana, the first state to dissociate from the association. The stated reason for the withdrawal was the organization 'espousing far-left ideologies' and the election of a 'Marxist' president.
Drabinski's support for the contentious Critical Race Theory was cited as a point of consideration in Montana's decision. The superintendent of public instruction, Elsie Arntzen, criticized the ALA for its deviation from American values and families, and for alienating parental rights. She concluded, pointedly, 'They've turned their backs on America itself.'
Subsequent to Montana, The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) severed their ties with the ALA. The state representative, a Republican named Brian Harrison, pigeonholed the association for imparting 'dangerous Marxist ideology.'