Books are banned because someone deems them “unreadable” or inappropriate for various reasons. Some of the reasons books are banned are because they include people from the LGBT community, because they include violence, propaganda, racial slurs, pornographic material etc.
In Language Arts, we are reading To Kill A Mockingbird. This book contains a racial slur, (the n-word,) racism, the discussion of rape, and various profanities. We are reading this book because discussion is important. It is good to converse about racial slurs- to understand what they mean and the depth from which they come from. Profanity may be offensive to some people and doesn’t necessary help us learn, but emphasizes words, which can be helpful to a reader.
The n-word has a lot of meaning behind it today, but it used to be said so commonly, it was like calling someone white. Because of the time period (during slavery) and the reasons for using the n-word in a terrible way, the n-word has come to mean a deep ache from a wound long ago. Fairly recently, Black people, who have every right to use the n-word, have reclaimed it, to expand a community and to build empowerment. Do you notice how the n-word has changed?
I have read The Giver, The House on Mango Street, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Book Thief, and I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m sure I have read other banned books besides these. It is really easy to find banned books because people have so many beliefs and ideas about why a book should be banned. I have read all these books because I was required to read them for Language Arts. Other reasons I would read these book in my free time are because they teach us different things, they represent new ideas, show us about a time period and show us different communities etc.
We can create a comfortable, safe environment while reading this book by not repeating harmful words and understanding the meaning behind them, discussing important events with an open mind, and just being respectful of your friends’/peers’ ideas.
- Why are books banned?
- Why would we read a book that has been banned for racial slurs, profanity, and the discussion of rape?
- How do words and what is considered shocking change over time?
- What books have you read that were once banned? Why?
- How can we create a safe space while reading this book?
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