I just learned that it’s the 30th anniversary of Banned Books week. As a librarian I firmly believe that all information and access of it should be freely available. Even more so, we should fight against censorship, especially state controlled censorship. The anti-Latino sentiment that’s still happening in the Arizona public school system is disheartening. Banning books on Mexican history opens the door on banning different perspectives.
I think that having more access to information leads to having more knowledge, which ultimately leads to more success and fulfillment. Banning books for whatever reason hurts everyone.
A few years ago I had a conversation with my sister about how awful pop music is these days. The lyrics are vague, not even clever, yet is still making tons of music for artists. Why people listening to music without substance? We ultimately blamed the cut funding of music and arts programs in schools. Students are losing that critical eye and ear, to judge what they’re exposed to and question what they consume. I think this can be extended to books. I feel it’s important for all students to have a well-read background, so they can be more informed and question the world around them.
Books have been banned from schools for reasons such as vulgarity, sexual content, religious reasons, and political reasons. Taking away the opportunity for students to read the content and judge for themselves, I think, halts societal progress.