Censorship Should NOT be Placed on Books

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Censorship Should NOT be Placed on Books

"Censorship... a system under which official censors must give permission before

communications of a specified type can lawfully be made" (Wilgoren, 1).

Recently censorship has become a major problem in our society. Censorship should not be banned on books. People should not be told they cannot read a book. Unfortunately history has shown that words can be used for ill as well as for good, to destroy lives as well as to enhance them? (Steffens, 9) Words and reading them gives us a better understanding of other peoples views. Censorship should not be placed on books.

Every person can find a particular section in a book that they do not agree is

appropriate. ?Many local censorship incidents still consist of one parent complaining

about one book? (Fege, 10). ?In Colorado kids were eager to hear the fascinating tales of

Harry Potter. That all stopped when people thought the book was evil and thought that it

did not belong in the schools.? (1) How can people take a book that a child enjoys based

on their views? In schools some kids may or may not have read the book Huckleberry

Finn. ?Huckleberry Finn is not only one of the best books ever written in this country but

it?s also the most influential? (West, 43). Reading books gives people a sense of what

history is all about. ?If black kids are never taught Huckleberry Finn they are put at a real

disadvantage if they ever go on to study literature at the college level? (43). ?You can get

all hyped up about the fact that the word ?nigger? appears in the book over two hundred

times, but that was what black Americans were called in the 1840?s, which when the book

takes place? (43). Some people might take the word nigger in an unfashionable way. It

was never meant to do any harm. ?Even though Huck calls Jim ?nigger,? he treats him

like a friend? (43). Slaves were known as niggers at that point of history. ?Black kids

need to know the history behind the word so that when they hear it on the playground

they know where it comes from? (43). ?They (parents) might not want their own children

to declare their own independence in the way that Huck does at the end of the book, and

perhaps this is one of the reasons why they don?t want the book taught in the schools?

(44). One alternative from the banning of any book is to provide a different bo...

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Thesis: Censorshipe should not be placed on books.

I. Unfairness

A. Listening

1. Parents Views

2. Kids Views

3. Teachers Views

B. Freedom of Learning

1. Expressing Views

2. Trust

II. Choice

A. Kids and Parents

B. People

1. School Boards

2. Government Officials

3. Censors

III. Constitutional Rights

A. What it states

B. How we can change Censorship by an alternative
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