Banning Books Should Be Banned

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Book banning is an action that takes place worldwide instead of just in the United States. There are many reasons books are banned such as witchcraft, homosexuality, racism, and language. “A Day No Pigs Would Die”, by Robert Newton Peck banned because of cruelty to animals, violence, and graphic sexuality. Banned Book Week is the celebration of being able to have the freedom to read (Crum, 1). It is the ALA’s way of responding to the censorship of books (Monges, 1). Groups such as schools, bookstores, and libraries join together to bring attention to the problem of censorship which they think gets overlooked. Banned Book Week is normally held during the last week of November (Banned, 1). It got its start and kicked off in 1982 (Graham, 1). …show more content…
There is very little tolerance for censorship on literature (Banned, 1). Supporters of banning think any kind of inappropriate content will affect children’s minds (Maxwell, 1). The reason most parents’ ban books is because they feel that the content within the book is age inappropriate (Banned, 1). People most often will have a book banned after their child has already discovered it in class (Graham, 1). A school can ban a book based on their own reasoning and it does not have to be the most common reason that everyone else banned it for (Famous, 1). Books are banned or challenged over the thinking to protect children from specific information (Banned, 1). The number one cause for book banning is sexually explicit content (Crum, 1). The second most common reason for books being banned is “offensive language” (Moges, 1). The third most known reason for a book to be banned is violence and religion. A book that is aimed towards a specific age group and is age inappropriate is likely to be challenged or banned (Banned Books, 1). Any type of magic or witchcraft in a book can cause a book to be banned or challenged. Books that contain any type of violence or negativity are banned quite often. Homosexuality can cause people to want to ban a book (Crum, 1). A book that displays any type of racism towards a specific group of people could potentially be …show more content…
Choosing what is appropriate material for yourself is a legal right. The American Library Association does not and will not ban books because they feel that people should have the freedom to read whatever they like (Banned, 1). In 2012 the most challenged books were titles directed toward teenage readers such as Fifty Shades of Grey and To Kill a Mockingbird (Crum, 1). The ALA states that the book Fifty Shades of Grey was banned from schools in 2010 (Monges, 1). It was banned in schools because of its’ controversial topic. To Kill a Mockingbird was banned based on the profanity and racial slurs made in the book (Famous, 1). One of the ALA libraries was verbally petitioned to remove a book on pregnancy (Monges, 1). My Mom’s Having a Baby!: A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide was challenged for displaying nudity (Crum, 1) Jaws was banned because of sexual content in 1979 (Monges, 1). A North Carolina school challenged A Handmaid’s Tale because they claimed that it was sexually explicit (Crum, 1). Mark Twain’s book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was banned because it had the topics of sexuality, youth matters, and racism (Monges, 1). The Scarlet Letter was banned for some of the same reasons as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And Tango Makes Three is a child’s book and was banned because of an incident where 2 male penguins were mating (Crum, 1). One of the

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