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The banning of books in the US is the result of a complex interaction between a number of factors, including social, cultural, political, and legal factors. The reasons for banning books can vary widely, and can include objections to language, sexual content, violence, political or religious views, or other themes or messages.

One of the primary reasons why great books are often banned or challenged is the desire of some groups or individuals to control what is read or taught in schools or libraries. These groups may object to certain ideas or perspectives that they believe are inappropriate or offensive, or they may seek to promote their own views or beliefs.

Another reason for the banning of books is a concern for child protection. Some parents or educators may believe that certain books are not appropriate for young readers, or that they contain content that could be harmful or disturbing.

Finally, the banning of books can also be driven by legal and political factors. In some cases, books may be banned or challenged because they are seen as promoting certain political or social views, or because they are perceived as a threat to national security or public safety.

Despite the fact that many great books have been banned or challenged over the years, there is also a strong tradition of resistance to such censorship. Many individuals and organizations have fought to defend the right to read and access these books, and to promote the free exchange of ideas and perspectives in American society.

As the school year in many states comes to a close and we approach the Memorial Day Weekend, the idea of schools has been on my mind. The 2022-23 school year has been marked to date by an escalation of book bans and censorship in classrooms and school libraries across the United States. This school year also saw the effects of new state laws that censor ideas and materials in public schools, with advocacy groups labeling certain books “harmful” and  expanding the type of content suppressed. These groups pressured  districts to remove books without following their own policies, even in some cases, removing books without reading them.

Currently there are 1,477 instances of individual books banned, affecting 874 unique titles, an increase of 28 percent compared to the prior six months.  Over this six-month timeline, the total instances of book bans affected over 800 titles; this equates to over 100 titles removed from student access each month.
While some red states like my own state of  Florida take many headlines this is not unique to Florida. In fact the bluest of states including New York, California and Massachusetts are on the list.
This school year, has seen book banning in Texas, Florida, Missouri, Utah, and South Carolina,California, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Iowa, North Dakota, Virginia, Michigan, New York and Massachusetts.
Research shows the majority of books are banned for the following reasons :


  • Themes or instances of violence & physical abuse
  • Covering topics on health and wellbeing for students
  • Books that include instances or themes of grief and death
  • Books that include characters of color or discuss race and racism
  • Books that present LGBTQ+ characters or themes
  • Books that detail sexual experiences between characters.
  • Books mention teen pregnancy, abortion, or sexual assault
These classics are on the list and I just can’t believe that these are on the banned list:
  • The Catcher and the Rye
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Kite Runner
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Color Purple
  • The Lord of the Flies
  • 1984
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The Lord of the Rings
Books should not be banned because doing so has significant negative consequences. Banning books limits freedom of speech and the free exchange of ideas, which are important values in democratic societies. It stifles creativity and prevents people from exploring new ideas and learning about different perspectives.

Furthermore, banning books is a form of censorship, which  leads to  narrow-minded and homogeneous society. People should be able to access information and ideas from a variety of sources, even if they disagree with them, in order to make informed decisions.

Overall, while there may be some controversial or objectionable content in certain books, banning them is not an effective way to address these concerns. Instead, individuals should be encouraged to read critically and engage in open and respectful dialogue about the issues raised in the literature.

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