Essay on Book Banning

1363 Words Oct 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Book Banning
In a country founded on freedom and the right to exercise that freedom, most Americans are unaware that books are banned in certain areas and or schools across the United States. Book banning is the censorship and removal of written materials due to objections from a group or individual person, based on personal views, of material and content. Book banning has been a part of society since before books first started being mass produced and distributed. Between the years 2000 and 2009 over 5,000 book banning challenges were reported to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Over 1,500 were challenged due to sexual explicitness. Over 2,500 were initiated by a parent or guardian and nearly
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2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for children under 18. 3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for children under 18. 4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit. 5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for children under 18. 6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit. 7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for children under 18. 8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz. Reasons: Unsuited for children under 18, violence. 9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit. 10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence.” (ALA.org. Banned and Challenged Books. Frequently Challenged Books. Top Ten Challenged Books Lists by Year: 2001-2012; 2012). There are a number of reasons why these books are “inappropriate.” However, no one has ever created a specific guideline for reviewing books. In September of 1975, the Board of Education of the Island Trees Union Free School District No. 25, in New York joined part in a conference hosted by Parents of New York United

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