Should Book Censorship Be Banned In Schools

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Book censorship has become popular in many school districts around the United States. In recents years, school districts have banned books from school’s curriculum because of the misbelief of improper moral values and explicit content that some of these books seem to portrait in its context, but are books actually being challenged because of people’s believes of offensive moral values depicted in these novels or because of the freedom of press and expression that is used by authors in these books? Book banning not has only violated American’s freedom of expression at public schools, but it has also affected libraries were book censorship have cause many books to be taken down from library shelves. Although school districts design school’s …show more content…
Some of the allegations school officials and parents argued why this book should not be allow for students to be read is because in the book, the word “nigger” is used in various scenes referring to African Americans in which it advocates institutional racism. This novel can be considered controversial by many because of the racial slurs that is shown in its context, but is not a valid reason for school officials to remove To Kill a Mockingbird from school’s curriculum since the book’s setting takes place during the 1930’s in Maycomb, Alabama where racism and discrimination against African Americans was common especially in southern states. Malcolm Bradbury argues in his article “Review of To Kill a Mockingbird” that “Harper Lee in her first novel has turned to a recurrent theme, the theme of guilt felt by the white man for what has done to the negro. She also chooses to tell her story through the eyes of children, a strategy that I cannot normally bear because it prevents an a adequate moral judgment on the fable. The story becomes a truthful tale about the difficulties of living well in a word where ignorance and prejudice make inroads on human decency. She understands her social scene, the American South; but her gallery of people has moral as well as social relevance” (30). Because of the racial inequality this book portraits, it can be implied that To Kill a …show more content…
Although this book contains racism and prejudice against African Americans, Lee’s book should not be banned from schools’s educational programs because this book shows a dark past in American history were racial inequality existed in real life between the Anglo-Saxon communities and African

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