Banned Books Week and censorial language

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Jackie Farmer

“Today marks the start of Banned Books Week. This annual celebration of the right to read serves as an opportunity to reflect on the impact of censorship and start conversations about preserving academic freedom and sparking intellectual curiosity. Before any of those conversations can start, though, there is always the same question: ‘Does book banning and censorship still actually happen?’ The answer this year, and every year, is yes. Across the country students and faculty are pushing back against book bans and calls to limit their right to study or assign works that some may find controversial. However, beyond these ‘traditional’ acts of censorship is another trend worth highlighting: the proliferation of the idea that words and books can constitute violence.” (09/27/21)