Posted on July 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A surprise guest made an appearance at a South Carolina school board meeting recently.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, sat next to a Chapin High School teacher who received approval to instruct from the book at that meeting, reports The Daily Beast.

Coates was showing solidarity with that teacher, who faced complaints from white students who said the book made them feel guilty.

The lesson was shut down and the book was removed from the course, in response, and the Lexington County Chronicle reports that some complainants have demanded that the teacher be fired, too.

At Monday night's meeting, Coates and the teacher were joined by several other advocates for the book specifically and academic freedom generally.

The Daily Beast said the board did not conduct a public vote that evening.

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