There were three observances that threw me for a loop. The first one was a posting that pointed out that we basically all had the exact same point of view. Some of our reasoning varied, but in a nutshell we all said the same thing so the question was posed that if the majority (we got 100 responses on that post and other than one troll and one that was for banning some books we literally all said pretty much the same thing) of the population felt as we felt then who were the people successfully getting these books banned and this language changed? Good question. Anyone want to tackle that one?
The second post that gave me pause was one positing that we should only ban the books that lied about things or gave a false history. That begs the question of whose viewpoint is considered to be the truth since opinions vary and facts can be interpreted different ways by different people. Extreme example-Atheists could then ban The Bible (which already has a long history of being on the banned books list anyway).
The third thing that stuck out for me was that the responses on my page were predominantly (as in almost 100%) white. Ironically what prompted my question other than the article about TKMB was a black mother who came in with her children looking for copies of Huck Finn. She wanted her children to read and be aware of the original language. She had the same concerns regarding sanitizing history as I did, and for the same reasons.
I do want to thank everyone who participated for kind, thoughtful and non-judgmental answers that pretty much went straight to the point. I enjoyed reading every response and it gave me ideas for future Q&A’s so watch for more compelling, deep thinker type questions in the future. And as always…KEEP READING!!!
Author - Beth Dumity
Owner of R&B Used Books in Grand Blanc, Michigan