Welcome to Banned Books Week, which officially started yesterday! It is a week where people celebrate the 1st Amendment by reading books that are on the Banned Books List. Here are a few classic titles currently on the list. Some readers might recognize them from high school:
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
Usually, some people in the US request to ban books because they do not like the language or there is too much sexual content. As Time Magazine’s Sarah Begley reports, banning also “seems to be linked to demographic changes in the country—and the political fear-mongering that can accompany those changes…”
If any of my readers happens to be against banning books, I urge them to read at least one book that either is or was on the Banned Books List. Exorcise the 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Speech.
There are many Americans running around with the pocket edition of the Constitution shouting about their rights being trampled – when they’re actually bigoted idiots (I’m sure my readers know what I mean). Now, it’s time to get back at all the people who would like nothing more than to go into the local library, snatch all the books they disapprove of, and burn them. To my most outspoken readers, I challenge them to take the most outrageous, controversial book they can find and read it in a public place. Let illiterate bigots, zealots, and general idiots know they cannot stifle a person’s right to read a good book of their choosing.