Book banning has become the conservative fad at the moment, and books of all kinds are banned: books about racism; books about sexuality; books about LGBTQ youth; books about hatred; books about Nazism; books about history; etc.
Some of the books involved are books I’ve never heard of but would be interested to read now. Others represent books that provide everyone an opportunity to discuss the facts and feelings of certain situations and what really matters. Banning White Bird because it opens up the discussion of the Holocaust? Going after Perks of Being a Wallflower? City of Thieves? Beloved? The Hate U Give? To Kill a Mockingbird?
Come on now.
Let me stock up a little library outside of my house. Come one, come all. Nice books to lend and to have. Take it if you want. Leave one if you want to share. I’ve got plenty to share back and forth.
There is a crude and, frankly, ridiculous feeling among the conservatives that they will shelter their children from the truth and decide to make sure that no one really knows history, really hears the viewpoint of someone else, and surely avoids developing critical thinking skills to determine their own beliefs.
Why not? I need a project or two that doesn’t just place me behind the screen of a computer or on Zoom calls with candidates and organizations. I mean, seriously, I absolutely love my job. In my off time, I can do something fun for myself that is the equivalent for me of saying: “Yeah, this is my lawn and I’ll control what is out there on it.”
Come on by. Get your banned books here. I may need my girlfriend to paint and make sure it isn’t a total disaster, but at least the blueprints are freely available.
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