In October 2020, two English-language school boards in Montreal decided to temporarily withdraw a high-school history workbook that includes a racial epithet. They also decided to put opaque stickers over the epithet.
Journeys Through the History of Québec and Canada refers to Pierre Vallières’s White Niggers of America. Vallières’s book, which was originally published in French in 1968, compares the liberation struggles of French Canadians and African Americans.
Jean-François Roberge, Quebec’s minister of education, subsequently spoke against the censorship of textbooks. He also introduced a motion on November 3, 2020, in the National Assembly to stress the importance of free expression in schools and reaffirm the assembly’s trust in the expertise and judgment of educators.
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