Superintendent Ryan Walters announced that Chaya Raichik is appointed to the state’s Department of Education Library Media Advisory Committee. She is “on the front lines showing the world exactly what the radical left is all about lowering standards, porn in schools, and pushing woke indoctrination on our kids.”
Rolling Stone reports: “Raichik has no background in education and worked as a real estate agent before her rise to prominence online. Libs of TikTok — which has 2.5 million followers on X alone — serves to direct harassment at teachers, doctors, hospitals, and other individuals who support the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and the need for comprehensive education on issues of race, gender, and sexuality.”
The Daily Beast reports, “The far-right agitator behind notorious anti-LGBTQ social media account “Libs of TikTok”—who responded gleefully to reports this fall that her posts had inspired bomb threats in nearly two dozen U.S. states—will now be deciding what public school students in Oklahoma should be allowed to read. . . . .In August, a Libs of TikTok posting about a “woke” school librarian in Tulsa prompted a flurry of bomb threats, with anxious parents keeping their kids home rather than risk potential catastrophe.
After Raichik shared the address of a planned drag show in Salt Lake City last year, the event had to be called off when armed Proud Boys showed up and terrified attendees. Hospitals in Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and Portland, Oregon have been on the receiving end of violent threats over Raichik’s claims that clinicians there were mutilating children. In Oklahoma, a former teacher who expressed support for LGBTQ kids rejected by their parents, was inundated with death threats following a Libs of TikTok post by Raichik, and soon resigned.
Notes the DB, Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation for book bans, with at least 43 titles prohibited in schools, according to free speech nonprofit PEN America. The censored works include classics such as William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by late Nobel Prize winner Maya Angelou. (Oklahoma legislators have also moved to block public libraries from offering adults certain books with a “predominant tendency to appeal to a prurient interest in sex.”)