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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Era of Cancellation: More Books Banned in the US

Some Books Canceled in the US (Brian Anselm/The New York Times)

Library in a small town Michiganin USAis in danger of closing after its residents voted to withdraw its funding because did not tolerate the distribution of books with themes LGBT+. This case illustrates a trend that has been spreading in this country since recent abolition of abortion: las repeated bans books in various libraries in North America.

In what context is this intolerance towards what the books say? In a context in which a writer of international stature, a British Salman Rasdywas stabbed this Friday after over three decades since The Iranian regime issued against him fatwathat is a death sentencefor considering his novel blasphemous satanic verses. Not less.

This month, the people of Jamestown voted to withhold funding for the Patmos Library following a complaint about a novel. Gender Queer: A Memoir, which concerns experience as a non-binary writer, Maya Kobabe. This leads to “empty funds” that the library had “until the first quarter of next year,” he said. Larry Waltonone of those in charge of the establishment told Bridge Michigan local newspaper.

Book &Quot;Gender Queer: A Memoir&Quot;Maya Kabobe, Censorship In Us Libraries.
Maya Kabobe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir has been censored in US libraries.

The first complaint about the name Kobabe caused a wave of requests to the library to remove this and many other books on the subject. LGBT+ from your directory. “The public feared that it would confuse children”Walton said. But things didn’t stop there: a group calling themselves the Jamestown Conservatives distributed leaflets condemning the genre. strange to show “extremely graphic sexual illustrations of two people of the same sex” and condemning “propaganda of LGBT + ideology.”

What happened in Michigan is not new. At the beginning of this year, Stephana Farrell, a mother of two, has already filed a graphic novel deregistration with her local Florida school board. “By winter break, we realized this was happening across the state and we needed to start a project to bring parents together. protect access to information and ideas at school“, said.

Martha HicksonAnnandale Institute Library, New Jerseylearned last fall that some parents were going to ask their library to ban certain books. One of them was a book. Father. Prepares them to accept inappropriate adult advances“, – said the mother of a student of that educational institution.

Martha Hickson, One Of The Librarians Accused Of Teaching Children About Lgbt Books In New Jersey (Brian Anselm/The New York Times)
Martha Hickson, one of the librarians accused of teaching children about LGBT books in New Jersey (Brian Anselm/The New York Times)

“There are books with pornography and pedophilia that absolutely need to be removed from school libraries. Kindergarten in 12th grade,” he says. Yael Levinspokesman for the conservative advocacy group No Left Turn in Education, which has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate accessibility Gender queeramong other books.

A) Yes, librarians who were service workers are now exposed to a culture war that puts them in dangeras well as their career and personal reputation. Accusations on social networks, complaints to the police, local politicians and the Internet were the response of these activists to the refusal of librarians to withdraw “disturbing” books from circulation.

They called us child abusers and pedophiles and said that we should be fired, that we should be put in jail, that we should be locked up, that all books should be burned.”explained Tonya Rayalsresigned as associate director of the Jonesboro Public Library in Craighead County, Arkansasafter the library board presented the series new policy, including requiring board approval for every new book in the children’s collection.

Tonya Rayals (Jan Thomas Jansen-Lonquist/The New York Times)
Tonya Rayals (Jan Thomas Jansen-Lonquist/The New York Times)

This type of initiative, rooted in a puritanical culture that, against all odds, is taking ground away from inclusive politics, gained momentum in the US after repeal of the ruling that guaranteed access to abortion and attract international attention. That’s what he was talking about Deborah Mikuladirector of the Michigan Library Association, in the British newspaper The Guardian, when she expressed her belief that library catalogs should represent “the whole community” and stressed that “that means having LGBT+ books.”

Problems and Book bans reach levels not seen in decadesaccording to representatives of the American Library Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and other free speech advocates.

For example, the American Library Association last year identified 729 complaints about “materials and services of libraries, schools and universities”, which led to the removal of about 1600 titles from its shelves. In 2021, the library association registered 1,597 contested books, the highest number since the organization began tracking bans twenty years ago.

Censorship efforts have ranged from local communities such as Orange County to the school board in Tennessee who directed the graphic novel Mouse from Art Spiegelmaneven government initiatives.

&Quot;Mouse&Quot;Graphic Novel By Art Spiegelman, Published In 1980.
Maus, a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman published in 1980.

That scenario outlined by an American writer Ray Bradbury in his famous book 451 degrees Fahrenheit in which Guy Montag, a firefighter and the protagonist of this sci-fi story, is tasked with burning forbidden books for strife and misery, gets closer to reality every day.

It is in this context that the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched the national “Books for All” campaign. so that readers can access contested texts—on issues of gender, religion, race, and history—in GOP-ruled states like Florida.

For example, in Pennsylvania two initiatives against the ban were also launched. In Kutztown, eighth grader Jocelyn Diffenbaugh organized banned book club last fall, which began with reading Farm Rebellionfrom George Orwell. Pennridge Improvement Project initiated Campaign to buy books confiscated from schoolsincluding Heather has two moms (something like Heather has two moms), from Leslie Newman at This is my America (this is my america), from Kim Johnsonand place them in small free libraries around the area.

After the announcement of the ban on voluntary termination of pregnancy, he became a writer and the king of terror. Stephen King who tweeted: “Welcome to The Handmaid’s Tale“.

This novel (The Handmaid’s Tale in the original language), written over 35 years ago by a Canadian Margaret Atwood, has an emphasis on racial segregation, as it did in the 80s. He was introduced to the screen in 2017 with an exceptional leading role in Elisabeth Mossrepresenting the dystopian nation of Gilead, where after a bloody decline in the birth rate from environmental pollution, a macho-conservative revolution emerges, establishing a theocracy and enslaving women.

The Era Of Cancellation: More Books Banned In The Us

Shortly before the ruling against legal abortion in the United States, Atwood tweeted his own op-ed titled “I invented Gilead, now the Supreme Court does it” where he said that many times he interrupted the writing of this novel because he considered it “too exaggerated” and “stupid”. and from the point of view of the oracle, he reflected in this article: “Theocratic dictatorships are found not only in the distant past: there are many of them on the planet today. What prevents the United States from becoming one of them?“.

With information from Télam, Associated Press and The New York Times.


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