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Banning Books Should be Banned!!!

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker has been one of the many books that have been banned from schools and prisons in the past years because of its contents and themes. The novel has been banned because of the sexual scenes and for the violence that is addressed. The things that Walker writes about are hard to read because of the way it wrenches at a person’s humanity, but for that very same reason should not be banned. There are many books that have been written on the Holocaust, such as Night by Elie Wiesel, but yet books about Slavery that happened here in the United States are considered to be too graphic for anyone to bare. This is not OK, this should not be allowed because as a country and as human beings we have to face the harsh reality of what has been done to a whole race because of misled beliefs. Books are also a right and freedom that as we have as Americans, and people shouldn’t be able to decide wether we are able to read and discuss certain matters. Books are ways for people to connect with other people’s realities that they haven’t lived themselves, for people to connect with the words in an emotional level, and for people to connect with the characters as people so that they might be able to expand their knowledge of life. If certain people don’t want to read a book because of its content then they are more than free to move on, but they shouldn’t take that right from someone who does want to read something worth while.

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3 thoughts on “Banning Books Should be Banned!!!

  1. I think it’s so interesting that many of the books that get banned from schools and prisons also receive the most acclaim and literary medals/awards. The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize, as did To Kill A Mockingbird, and both have been banned from public schools – and elsewhere I’m sure. It’s such a paradox that these books and their authors are widely praised for being so courageous, delving into rarely touched territory, creating works of art; then there is such widespread outrage and disgust at these books and their authors for bringing up traumatic events and not leaving out any of the details.

  2. I agree with the original post and also with the comment. I know I have said this a lot and class, but still would like to reiterate that I believe that the American government banned The Color Purple and other controversial books because America wants to be seen as the purest country and that we have never done anything wrong. But, we always talk about history repeating itself it we do not focus on what has been done in the past. How will we learn from our mistakes if we just push these issues in the corner? DUMB 🙂

  3. I think that the people who want to ban books are trying to address the lack of censorship that seems to be growing everyday. The information available today trumps what was available 10 years ago. There is so much available: videos, movies, articles, songs,… It would be unreasonable to assume that this information can be safely consumed by everyone. What is depicted in media does not always reflect reality. Furthermore, what is depicted in media reflects biases. This can be really concerning to parents who do not want to expose their children to this-especially if they have not given their children the tools to analyze and interpret ideas, to not judge or assume, to know what behaviors are healthy and unhealthy (especially in books that are violent).

    I think the problem is in our commitment to freedom of speech, we have not drawn the line between speech that is constructive and beneficial to society (such as critiques) and speech that is destructive and harmful to society (such as prejudiced works).

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