A plea for book censors to stand down

Sep 23, 2013 by

Interesting how they claim censorship when parents grip about trashy book forced on their children in public schools!

By James Blasingame –

“We got trouble, (oh, we got trouble), right here in River City”

Meredith Wilson, The Music Man, 1957

There must be something in the river water in southern Arizona! Well, actually, there is no water in southern Arizona, but if there were, it would have something in it! Something that turns people into book censors. Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia, a National Book Award finalist, was removed from high school classes this week in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The American Library Association (ALA) had never heard of anyone, anywhere, objecting to this book before, and those people really watch these things! In fact, they have a whole website dedicated to it, and they have been sponsoring Banned Books Week since 1982. Sierra Vista High School’s timing is impeccable on this one, making them the opening act in this year’s Banned Books Week, September 22-28.

Who could have predicted this? Of the many books challenged each year listed on the ALA website, not only has Dreaming in Cuban failed to join such “soul bludgeoning” (reference explained later) works as Captain Underpants (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, 1997) and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things (Carolyn Mackler, Candlewick, 2003), it also has failed to join hands with classics such as Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck, Covici Friede, 1937), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain, Charles Webster, 1884) or To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, J.B. Lippincott, 1960). It even failed to stand shoulder to shoulder in the censorship fray with books that set the trash standard, like Sex (Madonna, Warner, 1992), or more recent works such as Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James, Vintage, 2011). A perusal of every list, by year, by author, by ethnicity, or by anything fails to show any record of anybody every banning Dreaming in Cuban.

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