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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Across the nation, groups of mostly White conservatives are demanding that books be locked up or taken off the shelves entirely. Their main targets? Books about Black and LGBTQ people. The American Library Association recorded 729 challenges to library, school and university materials in 2021 that targeted more than 1,500 different book titles. That's a record for attempted book bans since the ALA started tracking them in 2000.



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Attempts to censor and ban books are not a new phenomenon. In 1650, Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony tried to get what they thought were blasphemous books removed from their community. But what sets this latest wave of book banning apart is how much of it is being driven by politicians. PEN America found that more than 40 percent of the bans were "tied to directives from state officials or elected lawmakers to investigate or remove books in schools." The Post's Annie Gowen chronicled how a Texas county judge personally walked into a local library and took books off the shelves, ignoring the library's procedures in which a person is supposed to fill out a challenge form to be reviewed by librarians.

Purging libraries of books without a proper process and input from librarians, teachers and a range of community members is wrong. These latest book bans are not about protecting youths. Librarians and concerned citizens are right to fight them.

The right's continuing lies about the fallacy that the left is the one's trying to force some new agenda upon our society is undermined by the fact that many of the talismen the right decrie weren't created recently, many have been in the culture and available for years and years, if not decades already. They just didn't notice them before now. And the reason they didn't notice them is that they've been non-controversial because most of what they object to is simply represented in the modern lives that all children are growing up in.

It's not indoctrination, it's the simple recognition of the reality children see with their own eyes and through their own life experiences and those relayed to them by their peers.

And in one of the most telling and identifiable differences between the left and the right, people of good conscious aren't demanding their majority rights to bully for their own way. All they're saying is that the public is better served through a processing and assessment of complaints where all stakeholders can weigh in, not just those trying to force their own way upon everyone else. You know, that pesky democratic process instead of forcing others to relent to the authoritarian demands which ignores the countervailing wants and needs of those who disagree.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-04-24 12:43 AM | Reply


Well you can ignore those who disagree if they are all pedophiles and groomers. Hence the need to inject that into the public discourse.

It's the same dehumanizing process authoritarians have used for ages. Only pedos and groomers would let your kids read these books now you have isolated those ideas from a generation making the kids even easier to control than the parents had been. It is it's own kind of grooming ideological grooming instead of sexual grooming.

#2 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-04-24 09:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The Trump-Putin fascists are reactionaries. They aren't really interested in DOING anything. They're interested in satisfying the instincts of their primitive R-Complex, reptilian brains. They exist between the twin poles of cold-blooded dishonesty and colder-blooded aggression.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2022-04-24 09:35 AM | Reply


It's also projection, which in reality is truly the right's superpower. While I'll never say that sexual deviancy falls strictly along political/ideological lines, there is zero doubt whatsoever that the Republican Party tends to allow more deviant people safe haven within their party until their abhorrent private conduct bursts out into the public's consciousness. Publicly they project themselves as strong but aggrieved social warriors for Xtian morality, while in private many act as if anything goes - and these same people are protected from within until they're not, when they become an embarrassment to the party.

Many people have posted lengthy lists comprised of a sickeningly high number of Republican elected officials or party apparatchiks being caught up in criminally deviant sexual behavior or situations with underage youths, yet when a photo of Al Franken playfully miming a sexually suggestive grope arose, the Democrats mostly united and forced him to resign.

One party is not like the other and it's been that way for decades regarding sensibilities. In Republican eyes, the greatest sin of Democrats is that they'll stand up for the marginalized and want to invest tax money and shape policy to help average Americans, even those normally unrepresented in the power circles of government and commerce.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-04-24 10:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The organization helping spearhead the Florida book bans and other attacks on our freedoms, Florida Citizens Alliance, lists one of its strategic partners as the Florida Oath Keepers on its website.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-04-24 03:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Charles M. Blow
During the summer of protests after the murder of George Floyd, millions of ppl--including incredible numbers of white kids--arched in defense of black lives. This shook the white conservative establishment to its core. In their minds their children had been indoctrinated. 1/2

2/2 All of the CRT panic, book banning and anti-protest laws are a direct response to this. They are trying to push white children's exposure to--and sympathy for--racial issues back to the dark ages of Jim Crow ignorance. It is a simple as it is shocking.

Fred Wellman
Get it?

"If we win a few elections, we're still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing. He said, Whoever has the youth has the future.'"

Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL)
Jan 5, 2021

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-04-24 03:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yea, but it make them feel good.

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-04-24 03:55 PM | Reply

"Purging libraries of books without a proper process and input from librarians, teachers and a range of community members is wrong."

Is there ever a time when "purging" books is not wrong???

#8 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-04-25 03:26 AM | Reply

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

Vladimir Lenin.

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-04-25 03:27 AM | Reply

Positively Jesuitical.

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-04-25 04:50 AM | Reply

The people who threw rocks at Ruby Bridges for trying to go to school are now upset their grandchildren might learn about them throwing rocks at Ruby Bridges for trying to go to school.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-04-25 10:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Having grown up in a fundamentalist Christian household that was on the cutting edge of the Jesus was a Republican movement, I may be able to offer insight into why conservatives, and especially fundamentalist Christians, are in favor of banning books. They'll never say this out loud, but because they believe a host of things without evidence, all on the translated words of a deity they can't see, they think that everyone arrives at their beliefs the same way. Books and authority figures give them their beliefs, so if someone reads the wrong words or interacts with the wrong person, they're likely to take on the false beliefs found in these books and heard from these "others." Words are the virus that infected their mind, and reason, if it's appealed to at all, exists solely to prove existing beliefs true; It isn't a tool for arriving at the truth.

#12 | Posted by Unisphere at 2022-04-25 01:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

true, but it sure is selling like hotcakes to the
'non-racist Reich'...

#13 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-04-25 03:16 PM | Reply

The United States was founded on the principle of freedom of expression. We might not always like what our neighbors and fellow citizens have to say, but watching the severe restriction of news and information flow in Russia is the latest reminder of how quickly censorship can turn into something truly sinister.

According to liberals, those restrictions are necessary to protect Democracy and free speech... or something. Of course, only when said restrictions are against everyone but them.

#14 | Posted by LEGALLYDORKY at 2022-04-25 04:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This country was founded on the principle of freedoms for a certain class/race/gender. Its taken most of its history to move inches beyond that. We're still making progress but it's taking a long time and a lot of people get lost in the process.

#15 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-04-26 06:41 AM | Reply

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