Banned Books Editorial

Banned Books Editorial

Abby Spiotto

     When you were in school did you ever read To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, or even Moby Dick ?  Well these classics have been challenged to be banned multiple times since their publication. Why? Because people critique the words and the scenes of these books. People say the times in which they were don’t matter, but that is what truly does matter when considering the content and dialect of a book. If it was written in the 1850’s in the southern area of America then you should expect racism, sexism, and white supremacy. History isn’t perfect but we have these books to remind us what was wrong with it. What was fixed. How to fix things.
     People ban or challenge books because they feel like the book could offend people, teach their children the wrong morals, or even scare people to the point that they try and hide parts of their personality and appearance.
    Banning these books is not going to stop people from doing or feeling these things though. You have to teach your kids that calling racial slurs are wrong; compliment people on the things you see they are insecure about; make sure people know that other people’s opinions don’t matter. Why stop other people from enjoying a book when you can just choose not to read it yourself? Even better, pick up and read a book that makes you uncomfortable; you might learn something.