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I Read Banned Books

I read banned books. ⁠

In fact, I taught a class about banned books when I was a literature instructor. ⁠

People in my classes were always surprised to learn there was censorship here in the U.S. The land of Free Speech. ⁠

There was censorship back when I taught the class. And the number of book challenges and book bans has increased significantly each year since then. ⁠

There was often a sigh of relief from my students when they learned it wasn’t usually widespread book bans. It didn’t seem as big a deal if a book was only banned from one school library. 

It is ONLY banned from one school library. ⁠

That’s a dangerous word, ONLY. ⁠

And where does the line get crossed? When it is banned from two libraries? Three? ⁠

Even one library is too many. ⁠

It is disappointing, but not surprising, that most of the books challenged and sometimes removed from shelves are stories written by or about LGBTQ+ people. Stories written by or about Black people. Stories written by or about Indigenous people. Stories written by or about Asian people. ⁠

Silencing these voices and stories is dangerous. ⁠

Even one story removed is too many. ⁠

Too many stories have already been removed from history. ⁠

Too many voices have been silenced. ⁠

Do you read banned books? Which book is your favorite?

I want to hear from you!