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Breaking Down Censorship: NDSU Reads Books Banned in the U.S.
They are books about controversial subjects and have been banned at many libraries across the country.
Racism, sexual content, and violence.
These are some of the many reasons why Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse Five and even Harry Potter are being banned from our countries libraries.
“By the time I am done reading this, an American will fall victim to sexual violence, and every eight minutes, that victim is a child,” NDSU english education senior Benjamin Norman says.
Benjamin is about to read from Rule of the Bone, a coming of age book dealing with sexual violence.
It’s a part of the American Library Association’s banned book week, a celebration of the 1st amendment and publication freedoms.
“By banning books you’re silencing the conversation and when you silence the conversation, you alienate people. In my book it discusses sexual assaults, sexual violence, and that’s the conversation that while we don’t want to have it, we need to have, especially with students,” Norman says.
These books may bring up sensitive or even graphic content, but today’s readers say banning them is dangerous.
“Having the freedom to read and celebrate what you want to read at your choice is entirely up to you and we shouldn’t have other people’s beliefs or ideologies determine what we want to read in our own individual life,” NDSU library communications coordinator Amanda Booher says.
Amanda says NDSU’s library doesn’t ban books in order to maintain academic freedom.
But many libraries across the U.S. ban several books for many reasons, which are then added to ALA’s yearly list of banned books.
“A lot of books make the banned book list because they’ve been challenged by different people or interest groups,” Booher says.
By publically reading these banned books, students hope to get them removed from the challenged list.
This is the first time NDSU hosted the Banned Book Slam and they say it will happen again every year.