There’s all the, the, hot button topics: sex,
drugs, rock and roll… The ones I really focus on are: anxiety about changes in society…
concern for both their children and other people’s children…
what they call “poor role models”…
and also, a feeling of community, where they would like their
community to reflect their own values.
Anything that would disturb someone in real life, depicted
in a book, is, for some people, is intolerable. But the interesting question is:
How can you ban a book, right? They’re available through Amazon, you can get them through interlibrary loan,
there are all sorts of ways to get that book. What do they think is going to be accomplished?
They don’t really think that if they ban this, if this book gets taken out of this library,
that no one will ever read that book, or that, you know, that all the copies will be gone.
I mean, that’s just, really they’re generally talking about one library, and one book. You
could look at it as being kind of two groups of books that get challenged, and sometimes censored. One is that sort of gut feeling that is extremely sincere and they feel so strongly about it,
they’ll come and challenge a book. The other one is a large group thing where they’ll publicize
particular titles that a group thinks shouldn’t be in the library. So, it’s not just the book,
but it’s a, it’s an occasion to be able to make a statement.
And it’s, in some ways, upsetting when you find out that the community might not have the same values
that you have. So I see those as really major reasons why people challenge books.