There’s a disturbing trend on the Left that’s become increasingly frequent over the past couple of years, and not many people are talking about it.
The Left loves banning books.
Once thought to be the domain of religious Conservative zealots, the Left has gone out of its way to coopt the trend of outlawing books that they deem to be inappropriate.
However, where the Religious Right has long frowned on books with sexualized or anti-American content, the Left has been on an all-out crusade to rid the literary world of anything they deem as “racist.”
This has led to the banning of some of America’s classics, foremost among them Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird.
Why? Because these two books have the “gratuitous” use of the n-word throughout them, and they depict people of color being abused and discriminated against.
However, the problem with banning these books is that the very REASON they exist is to show that love, friendship, and kindness can overcome the evil of racism.
The Beauty Of Classic Literature
In Huckleberry Finn, it’s Huck’s friendship with escaped slave Jim that showed the people of that time that color doesn’t matter. What binds us all together is our humanity and shared experiences, not the color of our skin, and that was Mark Twain’s whole point.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, it was the Finch family’s sense of justice and fairness that led to their failed defense of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape—and while the book has a grim ending, the fact that these people did whatever they could to get justice for Tom was an incredible step in the right direction.
Now, in some districts, these books are banned, deemed to be “racist” simply because they use the colloquial of the times to communicate the evils of racism.
That’s not how being “anti-racist” works.
You can’t hide the sins of the past. You have to show how love, compassion, and integrity can overcome them, which is the basis for these books.
That’s something Liberals don’t understand…and they aren’t about to wake up to it anytime soon.
Students and parents in Pennsylvania are fighting to keep other books around that the Left has all of a sudden deemed “racist.”
Last year, Central York School District’s board banned 40 books including kids books like I am Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, I Am Malala.
Vickie Guth, treasurer for the school board said, “That resource list has some bad ideas in some books that I definitely do not want in our district.
Well, this week, students and parents wanted to make their voices heard about the subject…but little progress was made. The district has refused to overturn the ban until they have reviewed all the resource list media.
Just because these books have harsh language doesn’t mean they should be banned.
There are some truths that need to be talked about – and just because a book uses a word you don’t approve of or paints somebody in a harsher light does not mean it’s racist.
Stop Banning Books… Period
These are very real words and very real scenarios that we as a society have to talk about.
Shying away from them isn’t how the racial divide will be healed. It’s only going to make it bigger.
It’s time to treat literature – especially classic literature – for what it is: Lessons that teach us about the value of other people’s experiences.
Many of the different lives depicted in these books will have shared experiences at some point, which makes the story universal.
Stop banning books.
I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on. If banning a book is the best solution you have to keep people from getting offended, then your logic is off.
It’s time to highlight our similarities to bridge our divides – and books are the best tools to do that.
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin