Sunday, September 25, 2011
Read Banned Books - It's Your Civic Duty!
Let's address #2 first because in the great tradition of #2, it shits. Books should not be banned. What is vulgar or inflammatory to some, might be the perfect cup of tea to others. While I do understand that parents have a right to monitor what their child reads, to place a book on the challenged or banned list simply because it affronts your personal tastes does not mean everyone should be deprived of the wonder found between its pages.
When I read through the list of challenged and banned books, I am stunned. Most of them are books that teach great lessons about life, especially about tolerance. I am proud to say I have read a large number of them over the years, most during my school years. From an early age, I was allowed to read most anything I could get my hands on and could understand. And I am the better for it.
If you don't want your child to read a particular book, tell the teacher and together find an alternative, but don't try to deprive everyone of a wonderful and mind expanding experience because of your narrow view of the world. That's simply selfish. And, frankly, you're not the boss of me and everyone else.
Won't you join me by picking and reading a banned book this week, and maybe even several others during the next year? I consider it my civic duty.
To help you along, here are some links to books that have been banned or challenged.
Banned Books in the US
ABFFE's List of Banned Books