Sandie Herron passed on one article, and an author friend mentioned the other situation. I seldom mention controversial topics on my blog. The reviews are my opinion only. I'll bring up controversial topics on my Facebook page, but not here. But, I'm a librarian. And, we believe in facts, not "fake news". So, I'm sharing two links today. If you're interested check out the stories.
One link is about Target. Claire Kirch recently wrote an article for Publishers Weekly, "Publishers Call out Target for 'Censoring' Book Descriptions." http://bit.ly/2Ost9Sz
Publishers, many of them university presses, have complained that Target has redacted words in the descriptions of books, words such as "transgender", "queer", and "Nazi". It's not only books with LGBTQ themes that have been changed, but also books about Nazi Germany. Check out the article.
The second article is from the Dallas News. Lauren McGaughey, in covering the Texas Board of Education, wrote "Texas board votes to eliminate Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum." http://bit.ly/2MwYW2Z
While this isn't the final vote, which will come in November, keep watching. Although this affects the curriculum, and not yet textbooks, Texas textbooks affect the entire country. Read the article, with this in mind. "The board also voted to keep in the curriculum a reference to the heroism of the defenders of the Alamo, which had been recommended for elimination, as well as Moses' influence on the writing to the nation's founding documents, multiple references to 'Judeo-Christian' values and a requirement that students explain how the 'Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict' in the Middle East."
History is always rewritten. And, Winston Churchill said "History is written by the victors." But, it's frightening to watch stores censoring book descriptions and school boards eliminating historic figures from the curriculum.