Note to Texas State Rep. Matt Krause. I am disappointed that the list of 800 books you recommend for banning does not include my book, Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America.
Surely, my book about Esteban should qualify. It holds up an African slave as unjustly maligned for centuries in history books and someone who should be admired. Heroic even. And it maintains that Indians had admirable qualities.
For all of that and more, the Esteban book deserves condemnation as, for example, 1984, which was banned in the United States on the charge it was pro-Communist, and banned in the Soviet Union because there it was considered anti-Communist.
I would be proud (and it definitely would help sales) if Esteban was included among such banned books as The 1619 Project, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and even The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and many others.
If anyone knows about my book Esteban being banned anywhere, send a comment to this blog so I can include that fact in my marketing.