A right-wing favorite is back — Banning books confronting bigotry

Attempts to ban books in the United States surged in 2021 to the highest level since the American Library Association began tracking book challenges 20 years ago, the organization said Monday.

Most of the targeted books were by or about Black and L.G.B.T.Q. people, the association said.

Book challenges are a perennial issue at school board meetings and libraries. But more recently, efforts fueled by the country’s intensely polarized political environment have been amplified by social media, where lists of books some consider to be inappropriate for children circulate quickly and widely.

Challenges to certain titles have been embraced by some conservative politicians, cast as an issue of parental choice and parental rights. Those who oppose these efforts, however, say that prohibiting the books violates the rights of parents and children who want those titles to be available…

The library association said it counted 729 challenges last year to library, school and university materials, as well as research databases and e-book platforms. Each challenge can contain multiple titles, and the association tracked 1,597 individual books that were either challenged or removed.

It never ends. To some small extent, all politics are generally accepting of some level of censorship. Everything from science to social group standards offer acceptable reasons for bans. From this small individual outpost that has wandered this nation’s culture and conclusions for more than a few decades, the most common excuses I’ve witnessed are offered to perpetuate someone bigoted birthright.

Which is a constitutional crap rationale!