The week of 9.24.11 through 10.1.11 is set aside to bring notice to a growing trend in public and school libraries — pulling literature from circulation based on the actions of a few, not the majority of the public. Since 1982, the American Library Association has put together campaigns to make everyone aware of the circumstances of this form of censorship. Some of the books banned are for minor issues like language that was once accepted but is now objectionable. Instead of personal responsibility, these censors wish to impose their beliefs on everyone.
I don’t believe in censorship of any media. I think it is a parents’ place to make sure their children are consuming appropriate materials. I don’t want someone else telling me what is right for my child, nor do I want to tell anyone what is acceptable for their family. I let my son read, watch, listen to anything he wanted with a few important guidelines in place. I reviewed and discussed with him the media he was consuming. He turned out more advanced, making better choices and incredibly responsible for those decisions.
Now on to the fun part! These books were challenged in some way, either at a public or school library. Help take a stand against this form of censorship.
Due to its controversial subject matter, Speak has often been challenged. In the Platinum Edition of Speak, released 2006, Anderson spoke out against censorship. In material printed at the end of the novel, following an interview regarding the content of the book, Anderson wrote:
But censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anybody. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in the darkness and makes them vulnerable. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Our children cannot afford to have the truth of the world withheld from them.
In February 2008, the book was removed from school libraries in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The decision to ban the book was challenged by the National Coalition Against Censorship.
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