"I can't imagine there's a writer out there who is in favor of banning books," says author David Handler. Handler's sentiments are echoed by fellow writers M...
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This YouTube video highlights authors speaking out about banned books during the Banned Books Week this past year. Each author speaks out about why they find it wrong to ban books. One author says, “It just sounds ridiculous to me. It is like banning thoughts, banning ideas, banning people.” Another says, “I do not agree with banning books. Books can only coerce people if they want to be coerced.” Another discusses children at hand by saying, “I obviously do not approve of banning books, and I think it is angry and a violent thing to do. And it is a bad model for children growing up to be adults.” One author quoted someone else by saying, “Literature is a national memory, and if you censor it what you are doing is that you are reducing the human identity by removing these books from it and that is a very grave crime.” Each author who spoke in this video published books that are on the banned books list. None of the authors were in favor of banning books.
This video reminded me of the Buzzfeed article of the eleven author quotes about banning books. Each quote, although different and unique, contain the same meaning: banning books is wrong. I completely agree with the authors from the article and from the video. With each new quote I hear, it just adds to my disagreement of banning books. Each quote makes me think deeply about why books are banned and the affects of banning books. Through this thought process I am realizing new reasons as to why I do not agree with banning books. I am coming across heavier implications of banning books that I did not think of before. Through the findings of each scoop I have made, I am seeing just how serious banning books is, and why this still needs to be a conversation had between students and teachers. Just because books are banned does not mean a teacher should not discuss them. Teachers can state the reasons as to why the books have been banned and then as a class discuss why the books should not be banned, and what elements of the book are actually necessary and powerful. In my future classroom, I will have open dialogues with my students about banned books and allow them to make their own choices on that matter.