Majority of book ban requests were made by only 11 people: analysis

Right-wing activists have been working in recent years to remove what they say are objectionable books from local libraries -- but it turns out that a tiny number of them are responsible for most of the book ban requests.

Analysis conducted by the Washington Post found that only 11 people were responsible for more than half of more than 1,000 different book challenges analyzed by the paper, with one person responsible for 92 challenges just by himself.

"Together, these serial filers constituted 6 percent of all book challengers — but were responsible for 60 percent of all filings," the Post states.

North Carolina resident Michelle Teague acknowledged to the Post that she was singlehandedly responsible for 24 different book challenges, which included titles such as Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita," Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner," and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

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"I did spend some time doing it, said Teague, who said that she read all of the books that she challenged from cover to cover. "It was involved."

The Post also found that many of the challenges against the books claimed that the texts were not merely inappropriate but flat-out illegal.

"Sixteen percent of all objections claimed that school books violated either state obscenity laws or legislation passed in the past three years restricting education on race, racism, sexuality and gender identity," the Post writes. "Calling books 'illegal' was the ninth-most common reason employed by book challengers. This tactic was especially popular in Florida and Texas: Of the 153 complaints contending books were illegal, 56 percent were brought in Florida and 18 percent in Texas."