Banned Books By Agha

Banning books limits access to diverse books. According to an article by ALA, in 2015 about 6 of the top 10 most challenged book titles were diverse. “Banning books by diverse authors, or books dealing with people or situations that are unfamiliar or strange to the majority of Americans, creates fear rather than promoting understanding,” said Judith Platt, the director of free expression advocacy at the Association of American Publishers. Many challenged books represent what goes on in the world. In 2015, 3 books that were challenged were a about LGBT characters. Six were with religious viewpoints. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles was a book that was challenged multiple time during the 1980’s and 1990’s mainly because of offensive language. The main plot of, A Separate Peace, is about two boys that overcome their differences and become very good friends. Parents are mostly the only ones that challenge books, although others challenge books as well. According to a study by Butler University, about 2500 parents challenged books from 2000-2009. In 1973, an English teacher decided to use Slaughterhouse-five as a teaching aid in his classroom. A month or so after, Charles McCarthy, a school board member, demanded all copies to be burned because of “obscene language”. In conclusion, books should not be banned. Banned books represent and celebrate uniqueness and issues going on in the world.


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