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Ever since pen was first put to paper there has been some form of censorship surrounding it. The most current form of censorship is to ban the books which are viewed as inappropriate. Such an act not only violates the rights of American citizens, but it also violates the rights of the students to learn. Even if the government could manage to ban all of the books that it feels are inappropriate, the thirst to read such books would only grow. Too often is it forgotten that before the banning of books was an “at home issue,” (Book Banning 1) the federal government tried to cut the flow of inappropriate information off at the source By forbidding the reading of certain books, the first amendment rights of every American citizen are violated.
By challenging or attempting to ban a book, more attention is drawn to that distinct book, so society is more likely to read it. So in all actuality, censors have no tangible reason to ban the books, especially since it violates so many legal and ethical standards; book banning violates the First Amendment, it takes away the meaning of the books, and it withholds morals that could be taught in schools. Background of Book Banning and Censorship Usually, Books are bowdlerized because of some sort of violence, profanity, sex, sex education, homosexuality, witchcraft and the occult, “secular humanism”, portrayals of rebel kids, and “politically incorrect” terms regarding racist or sexist language. The Supreme Court has ruled many times against censorship, such as in the following cases: Board of the Island Trees School District v. Pico, where the Superintendent tried to ban books from his school’s library without appointing any kind of committee, and a 17-year old student named Steven Pico, who led a group of students, sued the school board under the accusation of a violation of t... ... middle of paper ... ...rg/speech/libraries/topic.aspx?topic=banned_books>. Page, Benedicte.
Nazis, communist governments, and extremist governments in the Middle East ban books from their citizens. As Americans we see this as an attempt to violate our First Amendment rights by giving the people little option on what they can legally read, and administrators banning books from students is no different. According to administrators, their responsibility is to keep their students from reading or viewing unsuitable material. John A. Miller gives his opinion in his article “Banning Books Is an Affront to the First Amendment” stating “I doubt that any teenager much above the age of 13 is unaware of the words and situations most frequently cited as that the evils in banned books” (Miller). Students already hear this violence or inappropriate language at home and even at school from other students.
Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. New York, NY: Facts On File, 2011. Print. "Quotes About Banned Books."
But, the problem with banning books is that they shine a light on issues in our culture that need solved. If those books are banned, then we may not realize what our problem truly is. Some books can be the slap in the face that wakes our culture to a new problem that needs addressed. If those books are banned, how can our culture move on? It is impossible to please everyone.
A review committee makes a valid decision to shelve the book, yet there are people, parents, government leaders, and church leaders who think that the book is unsuited for anybody to read (Whelan). Book banning was started around 450 B.C. (Whelan). Since then, people have been challenging books and have been able to ban them from American citizens who deserve the chance to read and to be exposed to others’ original and creative works. Because banning and challenging books violates American citizens’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech, school personnel, parents, and government leaders should respect the integrity of original works of literature and stay away from banning books.
While some people believe that book banning is the best way to protect children from inappropriate content, others believe that banning literature takes away the child’s right to read. A banned book is known as a book that has been challenged and declared, “prohibited” for the public, or a group. (“About Banned & Challenged Books”). Book banning has been an issue since the printing press was invented. One of the first well known prohibited books was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which was first banned in 1850 for having inappropriate underlying themes in the story.
Therefore, it should not be censored because other Americans believe her book is inappropriate (Olsen 2). Chris Crutcher, who is a banned book author, said, “We don’t believe that everything in print is worthy, but we don’t thin... ... middle of paper ... ...oexist in a united country. Works Cited “Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”.” SIRS Renaissance. 20 May 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance.
Salinger’s book has had disputes over the censorship as recent a 2010 and has been disputed/banned in states as South Carolina, Minnesota, Montana, and Maine from 2001-2010. . “Wolf, Baldassarro R. "World.eduNewsBlogsCoursesJobsPartners." Worldedu Banned Books Awareness The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Comments. World.edu, 11 Jan. 2011.