~~~~Banned Books Week~~~~
****September 22−28, 2013****
Check out the ALA webpage!
Banned books represent something terribly wrong with the world–the idea that taking away words makes anything better. People ban books because they don’t like the subject–sex, violence, religion, racism, drug use, etc. And many of these books have horrible things happening–which is why we have to have these books.
People can be terrible or wonderful, and we need to remember both our failings and successes as good human beings. We can’t just forget the bad things.
To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t just about racism, but about overcoming it. I don’t know why people get so angry about Harry Potter, but it has been banned. Books like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and Animal Farm, examples of oppression and censorship and the way the world shouldn’t be.
I could go–there’s a lot of banned book lists out there, but I’d rather celebrate that we can read these books. If you browse a banned book list, you’ll find a lot of really good books.
Go read one. 🙂