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Banned Books

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Rebekah Barnes

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Did you know... Banned or challenged? Handling the issue Reasons for ban or challenge:
sexual content, nudity, offensive language, homosexuality, drugs, alcohol, racism, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group Why argue? Banning books is a form of censorship by restricting the literature students have access to; violating freedom of speech In the End... Where I saw it in action "You can't ban a book. Not a single one.
As soon as you say one book
is so obscene or dangerous
that it needs to banned, you
need to ban a hundred more." From Ariel Miller Chicago Public Schools How should the problem
be dealt with Our country's struggle between our minds, our literature and our boundaries Banned Books The most challenged books of 2011-2012 were: Banned: Mainly a state or local government issue 2010 It was national news when Persepolis, a graphic novel about the Middle East, was banned from Chicago Public Schools. Schools said it was because it contained scenes of torture, racism and language.

Teachers and librarians stashed books away to keep them safe from the ban. In a matter of 48 hours the news caught on and tshirts were made in protest.

Even the author, Marjane Satrapi, got involved. Challenged: A banned book is a full removal of the title, and permitting students to read it A challenge book is a book that has caused a stir and conflict and is brought to attention for certain aspects of the title The main culprits include school boards and parents challenging books There hasn't been a governmental implementation of banning books, except for an awareness of first amendment rights Democrats: mainly for first amendment rights
Republicans: mainly for finding suitable literature for certain age groups

(Family and morals come into play with politicians) Writing an article about a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, without every use of the N-word, replacing it with the word slave (contains 219 uses of the N-word) “Whenever you censor, what you do is you focus in on one thing and skew the importance of it,” MHS English teacher Nathan Coates said. “People always want to censor books about words or about a sexual scene, but they never want to censor a book because of the big ideas it conveys, which can be far more controversial.”

“Isn’t a good time [and place] to have the conversation about race…in school, with teachers who are qualified to help facilitate the discussion?” MHS teacher Fred Reeder said. without any action, books will be ripped off shelves, and our education will go down the drain What we can do: -Encourage school discussions about tough literature
-Realize the fact that we are exposed to more violence and adult images than text in the novel
-Trust in teachers and students to make adult and mature decision about literature Let's tell our school board, senator, governor, President... Write a letter
Have tough conversations
Put an importance on literature, all literature
Participate in "Banned Books Week" "Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read. "American Library Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.

"Banned & Challenged Books." American Library Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.

"Frequently Challenged Books." American Library Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.

""Persepolis": Book on Islamic Brutality Banned in Chicago Schools." YouTube. YouTube, 19 Mar. 2013. Web. 12 May 2013.

""Banned Books." Interview with Ariel Miller. In person.
Quinn, Annalisa. "Book News: Anger After Chicago School District Removes 'Persepolis'" NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.

"Banned Books Week." Banned Books Week. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.

"Notable First Amendment Court Cases." American Library Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013. Works Cited
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