By Tim Cable
Every year during the last week of September, Banned Books Week reminds us not to take for granted our precious freedom to read, write, and think whatever we want.
Across the country, books are still regularly challenged and targeted for censorship.Tags: Banned Books Week
“Any treatment, especially in the schools, of questions like war and peace, racism – black and white – religion and patriotism, is bound to raise disagreements and stir emotional response…We know of no way to stimulate the growth of our youth if we insulate them from the real issues.”
-Coalition of ministers in response to a school book-banning incident
Prior to the 1450s, Europeans considered the residents of Africa exotic and different, but not necessarily inferior.
This week, members of the Ohio Board of Education criticized one of the literary works of fellow Ohioan and acclaimed author Toni Morrison for being “totally inappropriate.” They do not want Ohio 11th graders to read Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye because it references rape, among other controversial issues.