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Read Banned Books

September 27 to October 4 is the ALA's Read Banned Books Week. I meant to post something earlier in the week, but I confess I completely forgot about it. There were a number of choices at satismagic's icon post, many of them less controversial than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which, after all, was condemned for racism. I don't understand why parents want to censure their children's reading. I mean, I do, I just don't agree with that approach to parenting. When I was twelve, my mother gave her signed permission to the Northridge branch of the Los Angeles Public Library for me to take out any book I chose to read. She trusted me to guide my own intellectual development. If you want to judge for yourself whether or not Twain's book is racist, I found an online version at the electronic text center of the University of Virginia.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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