Censorship And Its Effect On Society Essay

1204 Words Aug 8th, 2016 5 Pages
In recent years, many schools have created banned book lists, banning certain books due to content deemed unsuitable for young readers, which naturally raises a question as to the justification and necessity of such a decision. I wholeheartedly disagree with this decision, as not only is censorship in general invasive to free speech, a right protected in public schools, but detrimental in the case of literature, being that there is an epidemic in the younger generation of the condition of semi-literacy. Therefore, if a student cannot obtain their literature of choice, the only logical position for them to take is to forgo reading entirely. For those reasons, it is my firmly held belief that banning any type of book would result in tempering students’ mindset towards society and literature, particularly having the potential to turn them off to the idea of reading; it is quite simply unconstitutional; and if practiced anyway, would set the precedent that media can be censored, regardless of whether or not the action was originally justified. First of all, banning literature in school libraries can result in a tempering of students’ mindset towards society, because in removing all harsh content from school libraries, all perspectives in the form of books that would be considered harsh, be they as valuable as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or The Catcher in the Rye, or as trivial as declassified criminal cases, would effectively be plucked from students’ hands, forcing…

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