The Issue With Banning Books by Liv

A practice that has been going on for years, book banning. But should we really restrict books from children? Book banning is bad for our society, and should be stopped. To begin with, the standards behind banning books has changed from its intent, making the reasons not useful to us.Stated in Sara Begley’s Time magazine article , in the early 90’s, books were challenged for simple reasons like too much sex or swearing. As we have continued on, we see that the content of most challenged books has changed.  2001, we had the Harry Potter series, but now, we have the Holy Bible being challenged. Another factor is that banning books goes against free choice. We are able to choose what we wish to read, and banning books take that away from people.  Authors have the right to create what they want, and this is protected by the 1st Amendment. Taking these books away from people is violating this right. One more factor is that banning books can create an unrealistic view of the world. The changes in most challenged books also show a bias against minorities, with most of the challenged books of 2016 being for religion, LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, etc.) content, and people of color. Books are supposed to be about real people, and real people are diverse. Shielding children from these themes will lead them to live a bigoted life, and then they won’t want their children reading those themes, and the cycle continues. In the ever changing world we live in; we all still have a choice of what we read. We need to stop banning books so that we can keep this right, and learn how to accept change, instead of pushing it away.




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