By Allison Silver, Currier Times Staff///
Book Banning. Let’s talk about it.
Books are written to be read, not put in cardboard boxes and taken from shelves all around the country. Topics like sex, violence, profanity, and LGBTQ related themes in books are apparently controversial in books. Parents, religious groups, government officials, and even teachers are calling for books to be banned all around the country.
In Tennessee right now, the House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow “obscene and harmful” books to be banned, and taken out of libraries. Supporters of this bill state that it would be protecting children from harm, and keeping kids away from inappropriate subjects and material.
This bill was made as a suggestion after “Maus,” a holocaust centered book by Art Spiegelman, was banned in McMinn County Schools, and made headlines all across the United States. Shahin Samiei, who is the chair of Shelby County Committee Equality Project in Tennessee, stated “It’s really quite problematic. There are communities all across the state who are trying to have a voice and are trying to have their stories told in an age-appropriate manner, and these bills will silence communities that have been silenced for many, many years.”
Parents and teachers alike are both concerned about book banning and book censorship. Some parents think that children should not be exposed to these things in a school setting. On the flip side, other parents are happy that these books are being taught in schools because their children become exposed to these things earlier.
Book banning is not a solution to a problem, it’s a problem in itself. Books with stories that involve race, war, sex, violence, or religion related topics need to be read and talked about in school, at an early age. These things are not avoidable when you get out into the real world, and the earlier that children start learning about these things, the more information they know about them.