What Are The Importance Of Banning Books

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Since the dawn of the pen and pencil, literature has existed to communicate the human experience. There are countless numbers of books in the world, all of which drastically vary in content, size and quality. Despite all of the disparate traits between them, this drive to relay another’s view on life is shared among all literature. However, there are many individuals that seek to suppress these views by banning books from libraries and schools. This desire to ban and suppress an author’s interpretation could arise from a variety of factors: differing ideological viewpoints, aversion to graphic content, or a distaste of a book’s “offensive” subject matter to name a few. Those who seek to censor literature, “are right to respect the power of …show more content…
It is clear to me that those who seek to ban books want control over the narrative of how an individual should be acting and thinking, and more effort needs to be put into championing the importance of the right to drink freely from the fountain of wisdom that is literature and the importance thereof. One of the most glaring issues I see with the idea of banning books is that those who seek to ban them do so in the name of religion, ideology or to push a political or moral agenda. Censorship due to these factors is not old news. In fact, it has been occurring long before the rise of automobiles, television or social media. To give a bit of background on this matter, hundreds of years ago, “the Vatican issued its Index Librorum Prohibitorum, the Catholic Church 's …show more content…
Fortunately, for every group pushing for bans on literature, there are organizations that fight for this freedom. One such organization is the American Civil Liberties Union. In the year 2000, when discussing the topic of book banning, the organization stated that, “Permitting restraints on literature sets the stage for attacks on all expression that is artistically or politically controversial or that portrays unpleasant realities of life” (American Civil Liberties Union). Although some books may contain graphic violence or sexual content, and therefore of course should be kept out of the hands of children, I’d like to think that these widespread en masse bans of such literature are a poor way to go about it. It’s not as if middle or high school students are incapable of understanding and comprehending dark or more adult subject matter. In fact, it’s highly likely that they themselves have shared similar experiences to books that deal with depression, violence, or sex. When his book Whale Talk was banned in a school district, young-adult novelist Chris Crutcher addressed the students in that county in an article speaking on the matter. When the book was banned due to a parent finding the language in certain

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