J.D.R. Hawkins

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Banned Books Week

This week, schools and libraries across the nation are taking part in “Banned Books Read-out.” Everyone is asked to participate by acknowledging their favorite banned books, what it means to observe and uphold the First Amendment, and how banned books have impacted our lives. As an author, I can appreciate the importance of this event.

Many famous books have been banned in the past. Some examples are “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Black Beauty,” and the Harry Potter books. The list is immense, and some books have been banned for obscure reasons.

Book censorship has been a problem since the beginning. Any book deemed too radical or politically incorrect is at risk of being banned. Although viewpoints have changed over the course of history, it is still unacceptable, in this author’s opinion, to ban the written word simply because certain groups don’t agree. The Nazi’s burned books that they banned, and religious fanatics, as well as those who are too concerned with political correctness, have made the same mistake. To me, this is similar to banning the Confederate flag, because some people associate it with racism. I urge everyone to read a banned book and expand your appreciation of these works, as well as our freedom.

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