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... ... middle of paper ... ...1991:10-12. Lueker, Donna Harrington. ?Book Battles.? American School Board Journal Feb. 1991: 18+ Ockerbloom, John Mark. The on-line Books Page Presents Banned Books On-Line. 13. Oct. 2000. http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/banned-books.html. Sipe, Rebecca Bowers. ?Don?t Confront Censors, Prepare for Them.? Education Digest Feb. 1996: 42-46. Steffens, Bradley. Censorship. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1996. West, Mark I. ?Some Thoughts on Censorship and the Teaching of Huckleberry Finn.? Multi-Cultural Review December. 1996: 42-44. Wilgoren, Jodi. ?Don?t Give Us Little Wizards, The Anti-Potter Parents Cry.? New York Times 1 Nov. 1999:1. 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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