Politicians in search of a chance to appear relevant so that they can justify their grift for PAC campaign donations are busy banning books. Texas and Florida kicked off the latest round of book banning. They’re going after books written by women, Jews, and African-Americans; covering themes like violence, racism, slavery, the Holocaust, and LGBTQ issues.
Other states quickly jumped on the bandwagon. A group of moms in Williamson County, Tennessee have been fighting to ban books on the grounds that their children might read something that makes them “feel uncomfortable”. Can’t wait for their kids to grow up and get a gander at their first employee performance review. Many bosses think making subordinates uncomfortable is the way to motivate them to work harder.
The latest book banning in Tennessee comes from the McMinn County School Board which just banned a young adult book called Maus, by Art Spiegelman. Apparently, in McMinn County, middle school kids need to be protected from reading a Pulitzer Prize winning story about how Mr. Spiegelman’s father survived the Holocaust. I had never heard of Mr. Spiegelman’s book but now I can’t wait to get hold of a copy to find out what all the fuss is about.
Years ago, I eagerly read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain after I heard it was periodically banned from school reading lists. It turned out to be a story about a raft, a boy and his friend interspersed with uncomfortable satirical vignettes on American society’s racism and intolerance. Hmm….
Being banned is the greatest thing that can happen to a book. It attracts attention. Kids might actually set aside their sex and violence fueled video games to test their literacy skills. Here kid, the electronic version of the book has the same forbidden stuff as the hardback!
The publishers of the banned books will thank the pols for the free marketing. More profits!
The authors will thank the pols. More royalty checks!
Your local public library will thank the pols for driving people into their hallowed precincts in search of the banned books. Look we have lots of other books you might enjoy! See your tax dollars really working for you!
Amazon will thank the pols for helping them make another billion-dollar profit from shipping the banned books to individuals who can’t find copies at their local bookstore or who don’t want to wait their turn on the library’s waiting list for the banned book. Maus is currently an Amazon best-seller. Don’t miss out, renew your Amazon Prime account now!
Everyone, google “lists of banned books”! Time to get your hands on books that will outrage your sensibilities and make you uncomfortable!
As for the pols and their enablers, why bless their little hearts!
About Norma Shirk
My company, Corporate Compliance Risk Advisor, helps employers (with up to 50 employees) to create human resources policies and employee benefit programs that are appropriate to the employer’s size and budget. The goal is to help small companies grow by creating the necessary back office administrative structure while avoiding the dead weight of a bureaucracy. To read my musings on the wacky world of human resources, see the HR Compliance Jungle (www.hrcompliancejungle.com) which alternates on Wednesday mornings with my history blog, History By Norma, (available at http://www.normashirk.com). To read my musings on a variety of topics, see my posts on Her Savvy (www.hersavvy.com).
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