Although the book has been banned by many places, when Morrison spoke to WCMH NBC 4 she seemed to take Terhar’s remarks personally.
“I resent it,” Morrison told the local TV station. “I mean if it’s Texas or North Carolina as it has been in all sorts of states. But to be a girl from Ohio, writing about Ohio having been born in Lorain, Ohio. And actually relating as an Ohio person, to have the Ohio, what — Board of Education? — is ironic at the least.”
“The Bluest Eye” has previously been banned from a number of school libraries for its inclusion of rape, incest and pedophilia stories. Terhar was just of many to speak out against the book and especially didn’t like to the depiction of the novel’s main character being raped by her father. She feels that the passage is not suitable for school-age children.
The American Civil Liberties Union sent Terhar a letter questioning her presumably personal opinion of Morrison’s novel and her labeling it “pornographic.”
The organization feels Ohio schools should “use controversial literature as an opportunity to improve students’ critical thinking skills and to create open dialogue between students and the community.”
Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) also called for his state to bar students from reading the book, taking issue with the work’s language and content.