Don’t Restrict Your Reading! Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Written by Trent Brager

“They don’t gotta burn the books, they just remove ‘em” – Rage Against the Machine

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Whatever you do, don’t read these books: The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Lord of the Flies. Throughout the 20th Century, these books have been removed or challenged in schools, bookstores, or libraries for reasons such as sexual references, racism, obscenity, and profanity.

Wait, scratch that. These are books you should read. Why? Because you can! Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) “celebrates the freedom to read” during Banned Books Week at the end of September. It serves as a reminder that censorship issues still exist to this day.

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