"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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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.
1. Parents Views
2. Kids Views
3. Teachers Views
B. Freedom of Learning
1. Expressing Views
A. Kids and Parents
1. School Boards
2. Government Officials
III. Constitutional Rights
A. What it states
B. How we can change Censorship by an alternative
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