on banned books.

banned books week 2014 graphicIn honor of Banned Books Week, I thought I would dedicate an entire post to the important topic of bookish censorship.

Personally, I do not think that books should be banned at all, particularly from schools. I understand that some adults support censorship to protect young readers from mature content, but I think that by the time students get to middle and high school they should be able to choose which books they want to read on their own. Perhaps the solution to this problem would be to put age ranges or warnings on books that contain more graphic or mature content. That way, young readers could heed the warnings if they so desired.

I also do not think that classics should be banned from schools. One controversial example isย The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnย by Mark Twain, which is often banned in schools due to its frequent use of racial slurs. Supporters of banning this novel claim that it promotes the use of racial slurs among teenagers, but I think the effect is quite the opposite. I believe that learning the root of these derogatory names will make students realize how wrong it is to use them. There is a lot history attached to our language that we often don’t understand. By learning that these racial slurs are connected to slavery, it makes them much more serious and therefore students will be less apt to throw them around willy-nilly. In regard to the topic of slavery itself, I think it is extremely important for students to read literature about this tragic and horrific time in the history of the United States. If we ignore this terrible part of our past, then we will never fully address the problems that plague this nation today because of it.

Overall, I think that young readers should be able to choose what they read. Without this freedom of choice they will not experience discovering new ideas, perspectives, and themes that they might otherwise very much enjoy reading about.

What is your opinion on banning books and censorship in general? Let me know in the comments section below!



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