Thursday, August 27, 2015

BANNED BOOK WEEK:  We Are More Free Today

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IF ALL PRINTERS WERE DETERMINED NOT TO PRINT ANYTHING TILL THEY WERE SURE IT WOULD OFFEND NOBODY, THERE WOULD BE VERY LITTLE PRINTED - Benjamin Franklin

CENSORSHIP IS THE CHILD OF FEAR AND THE FATHER OF IGNORANCE - Laurie Anderson


The 31st BANNED BOOK WEEK will be Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2015.  The American Library Assn. wants to celebrate our "Right to Read"

ONE CANNOT AND MUST NOT TRY TO ERASE THE PAST MERELY BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FIT THE PRESENT - Golda Meir


The first book I became aware of being banned was "Johnny Got His Gun".  The book was about a soldier in World War I and was published in 1939.  It was removed from the book shelves at the start of World War II and the Korean War.  The book is shocking, violent, brutal, remorseless and gruesome.  When I learned it had been banned I went right out and bought it.  IT WAS A VERY BORING BOOK!

Dalton Trumbo, the author, was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee as a suspected Communist sympathizer.  He refused to testify and was found in Contempt of Congress.  Like a lot of others in that day and time, he was black balled in Hollywood.

A SOCIETY THAT GETS RID OF IT'S TROUBLE MAKERS, GOES DOWN HILL - Robert Heinlein


ANNE FRANK'S "DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL"
Anne Frank's book was taken off the shelves and removed from reading lists.  Not because of the nightmare of hiding in an attic from the Nazi's.  No, it was because at one brief point, 14-year-old Anne describes her maturing anatomy.  Anne Frank died of pneumonia in a Nazi concentration camp.

THERE IS A WORSE CRIME THAN BURNING BOOKS, NOT READING BOOKS - Brodsky

Books thought to be dangerous, sexually explicit, irreverent or profane have been banned.  Yes, that included "To Kill A Mockingbird". Here is a list of books that also made people gasp, blush or shudder:  The Grapes of Wrath, The Color Purple,
The Harry Potter series, Animal Farm, A Farewell to Arms, and many others.

I DON'T THINK ANYTHING SHOULD BE BANNED.  IF YOU DON'T LIKE A BOOK, LAY IT ASIDE - Vikran Seth

Can you believe there are still calls for "Huck Finn" to be removed from libraries and class rooms?  Mark Twain wrote in a vernacular that included racial language that was common usage before, and after, the American Civil War.

My grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth (Hudson) Pierce, born before the Civil War, in old Virginia,  referred to blacks as "Niggers".  Grandma Pierce was a very proper lady.  She meant no disrespect to anyone.  That was the correct word in her day.  One must understand that great books, beginning with the Holy Bible have the power to both upset and inspire.

EVERY BOOK THAT IS BANNED IS A BADGE OF HONOR - Pamoedya Toer

BING CROSBY
Songs were banned also.  Would you believe Bing Crosby's famous WHITE CHRISTMAS?  It was war time and the song included the line "I'll be home for Christmas".  Some would not. 
Others thought to be offensive: I get a kick out of you, Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney, a favorite of mine, and John Denver's Rocky Mountain High

WITH HOLDING INFORMATION IS THE ESSENCE OF TYRANNY.  CONTROL OF THE FLOW OF INFORMATION IS THE TOOL OF DICTATORSHIPS - Bruce Covill

Look around the world or through history and you will see what happens to societies that ban ideas, images or beliefs.  They wind up as intolerant, oppressive and ugly.

On May 10, 1933, in Berlin, the Nazi party burned books by such authors as Freud, Einstein or Jack London.

THE ONLY VALID CENSORSHIP OF IDEAS IS THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE NOT TO LISTEN - Laurie Anderson



THANK GOD FOR THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE WRITTEN WORD

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS AMERICA


1 comment:

Cheryl said...

My senior year of high school was a mess due to a book protest in Kanawha County, WV.
There was boycotting, shootings, bombings, and miners on strike all due to a few books which parents deemed inappropriate.