Florida mother Daily Salinas, the parent who complained to an elementary school in Miami-Dade County about the original poem created for Joe Biden’s first inaugural causing the school to pull the book from the library, reportedly has links to the white nationalist Proud Boys group, the Daily Beast reports.
Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb was removed from the school after Salinas wrote the book “Is not educational and have indirectly hate messages” [sic]. The first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, Gorman composed the poem including references to her African heritage, something Salinas apparently finds hateful.
Salinas has successfully gotten The ABCs of Black History, and Love to Langston—banned from the elementary school section of Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes after a single complaint from Salinas, who has filed at least two other complaints. Salinas typically cites “CRT” or “gender” issues when complaining, keywords that would trigger
DeSaster DeSantis-level bigotry. A review of social media accounts show Salinas has attended events sponsored by extremist groups Moms for Liberty and the Proud Boys in the Miami area. She had previously been ejected from a county school board meeting for participating in a Moms for Liberty protest against two sex education books available in school libraries.