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Demands to ban books at libraries across the U.S. are up significantly from last year

Almost all demands are coming from the right, with books featuring LGBT characters and books about racism being targeted the most.

Love seeing this country continue to move backward. 🤦‍♂️
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Sirsnowman · 22-25, M
The same voice that demands lack of censorship for privately owned social media companies out here trying to censor freedom of speech and press? Hmmm
Longpatrol · 31-35, M
They count neo-nazis under their banner, as allies, they masturbate to the thought of a Hitlerian America, a racially pure utopia @canusernamebemyusername
2Kai2Human · 18-21
While this is mostly happening in small towns, I am under no delusion that this will continue to only affect small towns (nor do I think it's not a problem just because it's happening in small towns). A library in a small town in Michigan recently shut down after residents of the town voted to defund it after staff refused to ban books. I'm sad for the town losing a library, but I admire the librarians who refused to cave to this insanity.
BreadAndCircuses · 46-50, M
Right wing parents know how to avoid watching news channels they don't like, so why can't they just [i]escort[/i] little Sam through the library and decide which books Sam is not allowed to read, and just leave the library itself alone?

Why are right wingers unable to function as [i]parents[/i] in other words?

I can't count the number of times I have observed depictions of LGBT themes in various media for decades, and yet somehow I still remain a hetero, cis male. If little Sam turns out to be gay or whatnot, it won't be because a book "turned" them that way. Right wingers are delusional, and they are fighting millennia of history, as well as documented behavior in non-human species in the wild (e.g., male chimps sodomize each other ... and seeing video of this also did not turn me gay 🤣), to vainly try to fashion a fantasy reality that never existed.

But why?
I remember reading that To Kill a Mockingbird should be banned from schools because it makes people uncomfortable. I think the that was the point, to have an uncomfortable discussion about how people are treated.
Convivial · 26-30, F
And it's going it so well... Next will be the public book burnings... Then you know you're in trouble
Longpatrol · 31-35, M
@Convivial They're already doing that
Entwistle · 51-55, M
Banning books is a backwards move.
People should be allowed to read whatever they wish.
2Kai2Human · 18-21
@Jackaloftheazuresand Well, that's on you.
Sirsnowman · 22-25, M
@stratosranger neither is “banned.” It’s not illegal to own or sell. Check Half Price Books’ website — there’s a paperback copy of the cookbook in my local store right now for $35.
@Jackaloftheazuresand I would love to know what you think I’m coping with. 🙃
LizOwen · 41-45, F
It's a shocking move to ban books, whoever is behind it. People should be free to make up their mind about things.
alkynesoftrouble · 56-60, M
Ray Bradbury was right
I don’t know what’s wrong with books like White People Are To Blame For Everything or If You Don’t Agree With Me You’re Bad. I just don’t understand why books like these are considered bad. 🤷🏻‍♂️
OrMaybeIDid · 100+, F
@stratosranger So, if your last comment is true...what was the point you were trying to make with your first comment and [i]why[/i]?
@CountScrofula I could ask the same question of you. My point is simple. I do not agree with banning books but want to make it plain and clear that I also understand why people would want certain books banned. It is a human right to reject, refute or refuse an opinion. I hope I have made my point on this clear. Have a lovely day
CountScrofula · 41-45, M
@stratosranger Dude nobody is saying that you can't reject or refute an opinion. What the fuck are you talking about this is about banning books.
graphite · 61-69, M
New Jersey Dems try to ban Huck Finn

https://www.nj.com/education/2019/03/lawmakers-want-to-expel-huckleberry-finn-from-nj-schools.html
2Kai2Human · 18-21
@graphite Yes that’s wrong too.
And apparently, these requests are coming from those so-called "free-speech" conservatives—the same folks who tried to shove Milos and Ann Coulter down our throats in Berkeley not too long ago. Interesting to see them returning to their roots; they led the book-burnings last time, too. 🤨
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
This definitely didn't happen. Schools are run by liberals who ordered these books be put into the curriculum. So have no fear. Your book is there. If it's checked out then order one from Amazon.
smileylovesgaming · 31-35, F
Well we really don't need that kind of stuff in book store's and such. We get enough of it on the news
2Kai2Human · 18-21
@smileylovesgaming Doesn't matter. That isn't how book collections work. A book could be the most pointless book in the world, but banning it sends the wrong message.
smileylovesgaming · 31-35, F
@2Kai2Human It just sends the wrong message I guess. I heard they was banning certain words at schools
graphite · 61-69, M
You mean like Burbank CA (71% Democrat) banning "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

https://www.newsweek.com/when-it-comes-banning-books-both-right-left-are-guilty-opinion-1696045
BluntSm0ker · 26-30, M
Ban it & burn it.
2Kai2Human · 18-21
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