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Oh, geez. I don’t even know all of them.
One of my favorites is at the top of the list: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Other favorites that made the ban were A Streetcar Named Desire, the Harry Potter series, and Looking for Alaska (#1 in 2015). Like, really? Sexual exploration was your take-away for Looking for Alaska?! Jesus H.
The thing is, people who report and want books banned are afraid. It is fear that rules them. It’s like southern Christians and teaching about sex ed and evolution in schools. The concept of “It’s not true because I don’t like it” and “I know nothing about that so it is wrong” and fear prevail and drive everything. This year my students watched a program about the Civil Rights Movement, and the hate spewed by white people that they watched (real footage) showed that very fear in the words they used and the vehemence behind them. So whenever something that is different and not your way arises, the instinct is to shut it down and suppress it.
It’s psychology. The more you try to remove something, the greater the interest in it. People will find a way to read it, watch it, whatever the more it is slandered or rebuffed. It’s like keeping a teenage girl from their boyfriend. They’ll do all kinds of things in secret to see them…or they’ll just outright defy and run away like a relative of mine did. It’s human nature.