One of the NBA’s quirkiest coaches shared his take on Texas book bans.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich denounced book censorship in Texas schools and libraries during a pregame Q&A session, the San Antonio Express News reports†
“Just thinking about banning books seems intellectually and morally corrupt and criminal to me, and you wonder, why would a parent take that position?” said the coach. “Do you really want to raise your child in ignorance? You deliberately raise your child in ignorance so that he does not understand history and facts? Do you think they don’t have the ability to figure this out analytically and decide what they want to do?”
Attempts to ban books have soared in recent months, and Texas led the way† Last December, the North East Independent School District in San Antonio DELETED more than 400 books from school libraries after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and State Representative Matt Krause, both Republicans.
“I hope a lot of these kids find out for themselves and find out anyway,” Popovich said of the Texas book bans. “And they go to their parents and say, ‘What the hell were you doing?’ They are so ignorant that they cannot figure out that part. So out of fear and worry that they think they will lose their privilege, they go to protect their children and let them grow up ignorant. That’s just a concept that baffles me.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.