Apr 29, 2010

Be Afraid, Be Very Afriad

Indiana district pulls Toni Morrison book from hands of students

Board member vows to keep 'Song of Solomon' out of Franklin Twp. schools.

Source: Indystar.com - http://bit.ly/ahTLoa

I was thinking of pulling some of the quotes from the article for you, but I am adamantly opposed to furthering American sound-byte mentality. Please exercise your constitutional right to read this article in it's entirety and make your own decisions. If you are under the age of 18, I recommend that you fully read the article and then, if possible, discuss it with your parents, guardians, and trusted adults.

After you read the article, you may want to read my comment without scrolling through the 400+ comments posted. If so, here is the recap:

Their actions are unconstitutional. Totalitarian & undemocratic leaders have violated several young citizens' right to free speech. By controlling individual freedom to read & discuss, decisions have been made in place of parents. Do these "leaders" think they can educate better than teachers & raise children better than parents? These few in power view public education through moral & religious lenses that do not represent the school community. These same controlling individuals decided to fire many school librarians & decrease library funding. In doing so they silenced the teachers who would most vocally advocate for the 1st Amendment rights of students & educators. The libraries in this district will no longer be a haven for academic freedom & intellectual study, but one of controlled & manipulated content intended to force a certain way of thinking. This “leadership” was practiced by Nazis prior to & during the Holocaust. We cannot allow this to happen in our country.

And that my friends is theyalibrarian's attempt at brevity when kept to 1000 characters or less.

Please comment your thoughts on this indystar.com article. I am so glad book banning is still newsworthy.

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