A poem that was part of a display at the Aurora Public Library prompted such a flurry of comments throughout town Saturday that it was removed before the library opened on Sunday.
Residents, patrons, organizations and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin weighed in through discussion with library staff and social media, calling the poem an example of hate speech against Muslims and particularly Muslim women, and demanding that it be taken down.
Other comments called the move censorship of what was promoted by library officials as a satirical statement on racial hatred.
John Savage, Aurora Library Board president, reviewed the situation and told library staff to take the offending poem down Saturday night. The library contacted the author, who came and took down his entire display.