In this week's show we talked about Banned Books Week, a celebration of the freedom to read whatever the heck we want. According to the official website, the national event "was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstore and libraries." It's pretty insane to think that literary classics are still challenged til this day.
Here are just some of the books that were banned or challenged in 2008:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Banned for its depiction of racism
So there are some pretty hard-core reasons behind the banning of some of these books, and I suppose for some groups it's all justified... but isn't the conversation these books would inspire the first step to understanding ourselves as a people? What do you think?