18 September 2018
Parents and adults have always tried to keep their children safe. All adults want the best for their children, even if that means having to heavily censor what they see and read. Books for adolescents seem to be heavily censored or the ones that are more often challenged and banned. Why is that? Well it could be that adults do not like their children to be exposed to material that challenges the status quo. That being anything that isn’t a straight white culture. Book challenging isn’t something that is new, it has been around for as long as books marketed for young readers have been around.
A popular subject that always seems to be challenged is anything that has to do with race, especially with the African American community. Books that are seen as Un-American are frequently challenged because they teach young readers about a darker side to American history. Books such as “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, “Beloved”, and “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” have all been challenged because they shed a light on racism and the way that the Black community has always been mistreated. In “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” the Black children are forced to walk to school regardless of the weather conditions while the White children get to ride to school in a bus. “Knowing that the bus driver liked to entertain his passengers by sending us slipping along the road to the almost inaccessible forest banks washed to a smooth baldness by the constant rains…” (Taylor 43). This quote shows the cruel reality that Mildred Taylor writes from stories she...