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GOP Virginia governor candidate airs new ad starring a parent who wanted to remove Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' from schools because it gave her nearly college-aged son nightmares

Posted On: Dec 2, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

In this Oct. 11, 2021, file photo Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin talks to supporters during a meet and greet at a sports bar in Chesapeake, Va.
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A new ad for Virginia's Republican governor nominee features Fairfax parent Laura Murphy.
She fought to get Toni Morrison's "Beloved" removed from her son's AP English curriculum in 2013.
Murphy, who said the book gave her son nightmares, argued for parents to have more say over their kids' school curriculum.
A new ad for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's campaign features a Fairfax parent who sought to have Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's 1987 classic novel "Beloved" removed from her son's school curriculum because it gave him nightmares. "As a parent, it's tough to catch everything" Laura Murphy, identified as a Fairfax County mother, says in the ad. "So when my son showed me his reading assignment, my heart sunk. It was some of the most explicit material you can imagine....

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