First off, let me apologize for dropping off the planet! I'm in my second week of college and I've just been bogged down by assignments (I'm making an attempt to not shrug off my homework this semester!) and band practices. I promise I'm going to try to make more regular postings soon though!
I know I've made a post about this before, but I saw this link from the American Library Association, and I couldn't help but make a small rant on my personal Facebook about it, and I decided I wanted to share with you guys as well. So here it is. Please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings on this subject! I love to hear other opinions and views!
There is literally nothing that makes me angrier than the attempted
censorship of literature, not even because I love to read myself, but
because every one on this planet should have the opportunity to decide
for themselves what is and isn't "appropriate". People have to
understand that we live in a world with opposing beliefs, drug and
alcohol use, differing sexual orientations, and many other ideas,
products, and facts that one might not want to be exposed to. However,
pretending like these things don't exist just creates a world full of ignorance, and believe me, there's nothing more dangerous.
Many of the books on these lists I've read myself, and almost all of
them have helped me understand things in my life in a way that wouldn't
be possible otherwise. I can understand wanting to shield your children
from some things like drugs and alcohol, but would you rather your kids
learn bout these things from the pages of a book, or out on the streets?
Take it from someone who grew up on books, and knows many
others who feel the same way: many of these books that are considered
"controversial" or "inappropriate" can and will save someone's life.
Just think about that before you condemn a book.
Until next time,