The ban on a selection of books and resources focused on people of color has divided the Central York School District community.
About 100 people demonstrated outside a controversial school board meeting on Monday that ended with the all-white school board leaving the ban in place, according to the York Daily Record.
Protests against the ban on a group of high school students continued for the rest of the week.
The banned books and resources include a book called “Me and White Supremacy,” a children’s book on Rosa Parks, an African-themed cookbook, and CNN’s racist-focused Sesame Street town hall, according to news reports.
The situation in central York is part of a series of battles unfolding at school council meetings across the country focused on education about race and the history of racism.
School board members say the situation is not a ban, but rather that the material has been “frozen” pending further examination, according to CNN, which covered the situation this week.
But others complain that the exam has been going on for months, and note that all books and documents are written by people of color or about people of color.
They also note the lack of diversity on the board.
“This is advice that after hearing their students’ concerns about diversity in the district, hearing my struggle with race, being an American Indian and constantly feeling like I don’t belong. After all these conversations for weeks, they still pursued the book ban, ”Central York manager Edha Gupta told CNN.
“The concerns were based on the content of the resource, not the author or the subject…” School board president Jane Johnson said, according to CNN.