To put a moratorium on something is basically to ban something…. this week it is a few Dr. Suess books. I have mixed emotions about this. Dr. Suess books have been a staple for kids for years, and often controversial. He has dealt with touchy subject matter and taught valuable lessons. I still think of the Lorax every time I see or hear about another wooded area being brought down… “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
I am sure over the years I have read the books, or some of them, that they have stopped publication on. I understand how some things that were acceptable years ago are no longer viewed right. It all revolves back to the subject of censorship.
There is the argument of freedom of speech and the accuracy of the time period when the books were written. It all has to balance out with what is right and what is offensive. Ultimately this decision was made by the people who have the rights to the book, and I feel that is the closest thing to the actual author withdrawing the publication of their own book; that is different than some group standing up and saying a book should be banned from a library or a classroom reading list.
I have read banned books and will continue to do so. Are there some I find offensive, yes, definitely. But that is history… it is not a reflection of the current day and age. What do you think? Are you more offended by the book or the ban?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – moratorium
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