MIAMI -- A children's book about Cuba must be removed from all Miami-Dade County school libraries, the school board ruled.
In a 6-3 vote, board members decided the book -- "Vamos a Cuba" and its English-language version, "A Visit to Cuba" -- was inappropriate for young readers because of inaccuracies and omissions about life in the communist nation.
The book, by Alta Schreier, contains images of smiling children wearing uniforms of Cuba's communist youth group and a carnival celebrating the 1959 Cuban revolution. The district owns 49 copies of the book in Spanish and English.
The controversy over the book began in April when parent Juan Amador Rodriguez complained about its depiction of life under communist rule.
"The Cuban people have been paying a dear price for 47 years for the reality to be known," Amador Rodriguez, a former political prisoner in Cuba, told The Miami Herald. "A 32-page book cannot silence that."
Banning a book because it doesn't portray something (i.e. communism) in the light you'd like it to be seen? Sounds like communism to me...