Banning The First Amendment Of The United States Constitution

1057 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
When observing the reasons why books are challenged or banned, it is also important to look at the people who initiate these challenges or bans. Parents are the number one initiators of book banning with 2,535 challenges, followed by random people with 1,191 challenges and patrons with 516 challenges ("Statistics" 2). Statistics show that the groups responsible for the majority of banned books believe the content in the book is offensive or controversial. There are various subjective reasons for book challenges that are all a matter of degree. The principle behind the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is that everyone has the right to decide what they read, see, hear, and create. They can in turn voice their objections to things they don’t like as well ("Freedom of Expression” 6). People who push for book bans to enforce their opinion on others are violating the First Amendment which protects the fundamental right to free speech in a democratic society. Everyone’s opinion is different so no one can decide what content is too dangerous to reveal.
The reason one person challenged a book could be different from another person who challenged the same book. The American Library Association also provides information about the books and authors that have been challenged recently and the reasons for those challenges. The following books acquired these challenges from January 1st, 2013 to August 6th, 2014. The Bluest Eye had seven challenges because it contained…

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