This week Fandango asks;
How do you feel about state and local school boards and other jurisdictions banning of classic books such as those I’ve listed? Under what circumstances, if any, do you feel that banning of such books is appropriate and justifiable?
This is a form of censorship that we have seen in third-world countries when history is rewritten to suit those in power. Never could I imagine that an educated society could resort to this or accept it.
If these books were newly published ones containing hate speech, inciting violence, or were promoting racism, it might make some sense but these are classic books written with deep intellectual perspective. Moreover, these books have been in circulation for many many years. What makes them undesirable now?
I think people have gone too far with cancel culture. Anything is now fair game. Next, they will be banning Shakespeare and canceling Dante and Milton! Who is going to stop them from finding something offensive or uncomfortable in these books. And while they are at it, they should write their own version of “Clean literature”! Something in the line of communist/ Nazi propaganda. Everyone should be forced to read that and only that. That will be a complete dystopian scenario!
Reminds of the setup of “The man in the high castle”! Maybe a revolutionary movement is on the cards?
Written for FPQ # 156, hosted by Fandango