Banned books stop smarts


(Lily Choi | The Oswegonian)
(Lily Choi | The Oswegonian)

Why are books banned? Who decides when a book should be banned? There are many reasons that books get banned: racial issues, sexual situations, sexual dialog, violence, and many more contexts are examples of why a book might be banned.  The people who ban books are parents and teachers: librarians cannot ban books, but they can monitor books that minors read. There are two reasons why books shouldn’t be banned. We have the right to read what we want and the authors of banned books have every right to publish a book with the content they have.

In the First Amendment, we have the freedom of assembly, petition, press, religion and speech. When a book gets banned, it takes away from our freedom of press, petition, speech and religion. Some books can be banned for religious reasons. When an author writes his or her book, they are writing a story and just because the language or the message is controversial, this does not provide a reason to ban it. The authors are expressing themselves in their books and we shouldn’t judge the book because it may seem bad for kids to read. Kids play “M” rated video games all the time, but when a book is offensive, it’s banned. I think that it is unfair and wrong to the authors that their work gets banned.

When a book has bad language or is violent, how is that different than music? There are songs that have terrible language, that have references to sex, drugs and other things that a book can be banned for. Of Mice and Men is a banned book due to profanity. That is one of my favorite books. It is a good book that shouldn’t be banned at all.

It takes a lot of time to ban books, and you can still buy books that are banned. I just think that it is absolutely wrong that people can dissuade readers by banning books.

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