Why doesn’t the 1st amendment protect libraries from banning books?
There are many great examples of books banned by libraries, even those we once read, required for school, one of them is To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee. People tried to ban this book because they believed it was offensive to African-Americans. The 1st amendment is not protecting its libraries. Books are a form of expression, when published, its shared with the world, sort of like a press. The press, even book publishers, have the right to publish stories, but they must support them with facts.
One of the 10th most banned books is, Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. This show can be described as fictional, because it tackles through real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more. For these reasons, books are being banned. The first amendment is supposed to protect published books, with fact-based stories. Its books like Beloved (written by Toni Morrison), that are banned for being real, in other words, factual. Beloved, was banned from many libraries because it showed real-life events, such as slavery, and violence.
Books, however, can get turned into a clean version, no offensive language, no sexual content, or nudity. Although, not all books have that option. Some have other objections, which are harder to censor, or verzionalize. For example. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, written by D.H. Lawrence, is pretty much all about these things, it’s a 1928 version of Fifty Shades of Grey when the whole book is based on these challenges. Others include things like, homosexuality, religious viewpoints, racism, drugs/alcohol/smoking, occult/satanism, or even portrait of Marxism.
Sometimes books are banned for good reasons, censorship being an example. We don’t want underage children reading these type of things, not only will it take away their innocence, but it is not at all appropriate for our schools to be influencing these things.
This is a serious issue, our libraries, should be protected by the first amendment. People find this topic as a very controversial issue. Some say, ban these book, appropriate for younger children. Other may oppose, and say things like “Speak Out”. Some land in the middle coming up with ideas to protect the first amendment, for example, ban books from libraries at schools (or clean versions), and keep regular uncensored books at public libraries. For cases like these, the 1st amendment should protect libraries from banning books.
Tags: Expression, Books, Press, School
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