Carolyn Rachaner, a school board candidate for Denton ISD and known anti-masker, is now advocating for the ban of a book she can’t even spell correctly. Ironically, she would fit right in as a character in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” – just not on the side of the heroes.
Rachaner demanded the school district remove “The Handmaiden’s Tale” (an incorrect title) from its shelves, stating that whoever approved the book should be fired. She even threatened to involve law enforcement and suggested that the author undergo a mental health examination.
While “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a work of science fiction, its themes and events were inspired by real news items from around the world. Atwood’s novel serves as a cautionary tale, warning readers of the potential dangers of unchecked power and oppression.
Rachaner’s anti-mask stance and her campaign against a book she can’t even name correctly epitomize the current state of affairs – one where ignorance and misinformation seem to be running rampant. It’s a stark reminder of the importance of critical thinking and questioning authority, regardless of political affiliations.
In these challenging times, it’s crucial to stand up for education, free speech, and the right to access literature that encourages thought and discussion. We must resist the urge to blindly follow those who seek to ban books and limit our understanding of the world around us.