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.