Yeah, there are a lot of things I hate and wish would go away: the Ku Klux Klan, terrorists, right wing idiots like Nazis, etc… I suppose this would be censorship, so I have to live and let live…hint, hint to the terrorists!
Ya ever notice…the books that people want to ban are usually the ones that make you think or cause you to be uncomfortable?
Banning books is right up there as it prevents the free flow of information. It prevents people from airing their views and everyone is entitled to their opinions. Just don’t force yours on me. I may listen. I may be screaming inside my head. But I do believe you are entitled to have an opinion, to express it, and NOT to force that belief on anyone else. ANYone else.
That said, there are a couple of books / topics / opinions being banned that I had planned for the October Hodgepodge, but this seems a more appropriate moment.
Censorship Rears Its Ugly Head
The blog of the National Coalition Against Censorship reports that “Talks Cancelled for YA Authors Meg Medina and Rainbow Rowell” simply because the focus is on same-sex parents or bullying awareness (!). Placating the vocal minority in these cases. Well, I don’t care if they’re the vocal majority. These issues are front and center for our society today. NOW. In the case of gay parents…what??? They’re afraid gayness is…oops…catching? That if their children learn about it, the kids might…oops…be understanding…turn gay? As for bullying. It disgusts me that bullying is still an issue in so many schools. In schools where, supposedly, bullying is not tolerated. And now parents stupidly don’t want the issue aired? Oh, wait, must be the same parents who believe it’s okay to bully gay students??!
These groups who canceled these authors ought to be ashamed of themselves: a bullying awareness event at Cumberland Middle School in rural Virginia as “the principal (and district superintendent Amy Giffin) refused to allow her to reference her book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass or show its cover” (yeah, because none of their students ever heard that word before) and Anoka-Hennepin School District and the Anoka County Public Libraries in Minnesota.
More Censorship Due to Stupid People
I know, I know, I shouldn’t call people stupid. The big stupidhead. Carolyn Kellogg with the L.A. Times reports that Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man has been banned because some parent wrote a 12-page (TWELVE PAGES) complaint that the book was too much — language, lack of innocence, content — for her precious 11th grader. How much ya wanna bet her daughter is sneaking erotic romances, watching violent movies, and listening to her parents curse each other?
Because of this one woman…explain this to me, people, how can one person force a ban on a book…? Especially one that is a classic…
Now go forth. Read books that have been banned. Celebrate Banned Books Week with such classics as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Alice Walker’s
The Color Purple, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Sons and Lovers, and I could go on…! Mark Twain for godsakes!?!
Participate in a Banned Books Virtual Read-Out.