(I apologize for the delay in posts…it’ll be more timely. I promise)
September 30 to October 6th is Banned Books Week. As an English teacher, I frequently taught books that have been challenged or banned (in other places…I wasn’t that brazen). I came to realize that people would often have an opinion about something that they really knew nothing about. An example I’ll use is Huck Finn. It’s been challenged for its use of the N-Word. People used that word. It’s historical fact. So instead of trying to ban history, let’s look at the story itself. Jim, the slave and Huck’s friend, is the most likable character in the whole story. So let’s ban a story that makes the racist characters look stupid, the slave likable, and the main character coming to terms that a slave is a person too…all because the novel contains a word that was common-place at the time it was written. We’re here to educate people. You don’t educate people by sticking your head in the sand anytime something uncomfortable comes up. Have an honest conversation and move forward.
For more on Banned Books Week: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/