July 1, 2022


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Opinion: The fantastic new development of e-book banning

By Don Reed

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There’s an thrilling new development in schooling and tons of states are getting in on the motion.

I’m speaking concerning the e-book ban. It’s the most popular transfer because the try to dam same-sex marriage. However Governor Newsom is towards it and posted a photo on Twitter sitting subsequent to a stack of banned books with the tweet: “Studying banned books to grasp what these states are so afraid of.”

Very humorous, Gavey. Make a joke about well-intentioned and extreme censorship.

Once I consider all of the books I shouldn’t have learn rising up, I might have been protected against so many unnecessarily daring and revolutionary concepts. What I’d have given for not having learn “The Catcher within the Rye” by JD Salinger. This e-book made a deep impression on me. This Holden child was swearing left and proper. It doesn’t matter that he solely dropped the F-bomb 5 occasions in 277 pages and that there are extra F-bombs in a single episode of “Orange Is the New Black” or “It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia.”

It’s simply not a good suggestion to point out a lot unbiased thought to impressionable younger minds…in a e-book. “Catcher” was first banned in 1960, when a Tulsa faculty instructor was fired for assigning the e-book to his class. Did there actually must be 30 extra circumstances of censorship for folks to grasp that the e-book is dangerous information? Good riddance, Holden Caulfield and your inappropriate Christmas journey to New York.

How about “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of many books pictured in Newsom’s ban tweet? Sure, he gained the Pulitzer in 1960, however he was additionally banned from some faculties for racist language and themes whereas attempting very arduous to report racist language and themes. I believe if something will get a 50/50 stage of reception, it’s not a Pulitzer. Am I proper? There have to be a solution to undo them.

In any case, it is vital that we take censorship cues from the previous, with the intention to lead us in the direction of a good future. For instance, in 1928, after which once more in 1952, libraries in Michigan and Florida banned “The Wizard of Oz” – as a result of the e-book featured an excellent witch and a nasty witch. However that’s ridiculous as a result of everybody is aware of there aren’t any good witches as a result of witchcraft is dangerous. Silly evaluation. Ban it.

I keep in mind sitting in my highschool English class in Oakland studying George Orwell’s “1984,” one other e-book on Newsom’s pile. I used to be very centered on a gorgeous classmate. I believe her title was Sylvia. My love state was frequently pushed off a dystopian cliff by the pressured studying of Orwell’s Nightmare, and made worse by having to jot down an article about it. The despair of the novel is etched endlessly in my head.

A cautionary story? I don’t suppose so. Extra like a ineffective and much too darkish story. I don’t care if a whole lot of the issues he warned towards within the e-book come true, like Massive Brother watching us with cameras from each conceivable angle and monitoring our each transfer by way of digital surveillance. Regardless of. This man, Orwell, sucked.

Additionally within the tweet, Governor Newsom is pictured studying one of many worst books ever written: “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. It’s a two-tiered vital race concept of dangerous information, masquerading as a well-meaning novel concerning the black household within the post-slavery rural South.

If we proceed to permit books like these for use in our faculties, EVERYONE will find out about American historical past. They will be uncovered to the unwarranted atrocities of slavery and Jim Crow laws. Finally, they may uncover measures which were orchestrated previously to forestall African Individuals from voting. Wait, that’s kinda nonetheless taking place now…however I digress. The e-book additionally incorporates some type of malevolent spirit or pleasant ghost. All the time scary. Too occult for me and definitely for younger folks. Ban that one too.

Don Reed is a Bay Space native, comic, range speaker, and playwright finest recognized for the one-man present “East 14th.”