As you probably know, this week is Banned Book Week (September 30-October 6). I've been thinking all week about what I could post about and have been pretty stumped. So, I figured I'd write about my favorite banned book----To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
My first thought when reading the list was, "What the heck! Why is TKAM on here?". My second thought was, "Wow, a lot of these books were books that I had assigned to me in high school to read. Dang, I could have fought against some!"....I'm looking at you, Gatsby.....
So, I looked at the reasons why TKAM was banned/challenged, and most of them are for language used in the book (racial slurs, profanity, etc). I can understand that, there are some words that aren't acceptable now that were used back then.
But my favorite reason was because "A resident had objected to the novel’s depiction of how blacks are treated by members of a racist white community in an Alabama town during the Depression." And that they were afraid that the book would scare black children reading it. I'm sorry, did you want it sugar coated? Don't you want a realistic depiction of how people were treated then? And wouldn't the teacher introduce the book and explain the situation? I know I wouldn't just toss a book like TKAM into a classroom and expect kids to "get it" without any sort of explanation.
I have a friend in HS who is reading TKAM right now. He's a good kid, but doesn't like reading (and we're still friends!) He told me it was one of the best books he's ever read. I'm so happy that he was able to read TKAM, enjoy it, and hopefully it will lead him to other books.
I guess what I'm trying to get at is, you may not like something about a book. That's fine. Don't read it. That is your perogotive. But don't tell me what I can and cannot read. That isn't your job. I'm a big girl, I can make my own choices. And frankly, if you tell me NOT to do something, I'm more likely to do it.