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The ACLU has asked a federal judge to stop the Miami-Dade County school district from removing some children’s books from its libraries. The books include Vamos a Cuba and A Visit to Cuba, and were removed because school officials say they contain inaccuracies about life in a Communist country. Both the county schools chief and two advisory committees recommended that the books stay on the shelves, but the county board voted to remove them.

Vamos a Cuba contains pictures of smiling children wearing Communist youth group uniforms and celebrating the revolution of 1959.

What is interesting is that one can be fairly certain that the Miami-Dade district has never tried to remove from the schools the hundreds of history textbooks that are riddled with inaccuracies and distortions about our own history and culture.

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