Banning books serves no good


Abbey Cutrer

Books rest on shelves on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at the William T. Young Library in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Abbey Cutrer | Kentucky Kernel

Kristen Roberts, Reporter

Books deemed controversial or offensive are being banned and challenged in schools all across the country; approximately 1,600 book titles have been banned in the U.S. within the last year, according to CNN News.

Much of the knowledge our society receives is from reading books, and the importance of certain books is now fading before us. We’ve been taught books are extremely important to everyone, and that concept is suddenly in question.

If we ban books in schools, we are limiting young minds and their abilities to critically think and understand history. Books include pieces of our history and future; they allow us a new perspective on other people and eras.

Most of the time, the book in question is one full of factual information and importance to the world around us, but the uncomfortable topics are not seen as idyllic. The books that spark discussion over the uncomfortable topics in our world are the ones of the most importance because they create the most unforgettable and teachable moments.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a highly-prized novel that has been in existence since the 60s, it is one of many books in question because of its attention to racial injustice and human nature.

The classic was written during the time of the civil rights movement when equality was a major struggle. The novel contains what some would consider offensive language and imagery, but it is one of the first books we see that really explains the intrusive realities of life at the time.

For example, the book discusses issues of racism, and we see a man of color falsely accused of rape win his case. It was an uncommon occurrence at the time that someone of color is confirmed not guilty when on trial. The whole community watches the truth come out, and people all over learn something about themselves and how they treat others.

We should always look at books for what they are: a chance to learn from the mistakes of the past.

Books such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” discuss issues of racism and human nature, making it a tough read for some. Though overwhelming, a long-lasting impression is left on the reader.
This famous book and others like it aid society in the fight for change, which is a big enough reason to stop the bans.

Schools and libraries throughout the country are still challenging various books and broadening their horizons when choosing what is considered unfit for the classroom.

Issues brought up in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and others like it require you to step back and look at the bigger picture. What is the purpose of this book, and what does it mean to its readers?

No matter what the surrounding schools and libraries decide, each and every member of society has the choice of picking up a book. There will always be disagreement over certain books, but the knowledge one gains from reading these types of books will not differ.

Everyone should be given a fair chance at gaining new knowledge about the world around them. This is how we grow, learn, succeed and prosper. The books we are banning will still remain a clear part of history, one that will not be forgotten.

In every book lies an important story to be heard. One book can completely change your outlook on life, and the decision to ban or challenge a book should not be made lightly.