Letter: Censored book

April 18, 2014 

Meridian just removed a novel by Sherman Alexie that won the National Book Award from its curriculum. Objections are that it has bad language, discusses masturbation and is anti-Christian. The protagonist is a 14-year-old boy growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He lives a life where poverty as an inherited condition is the norm (along with puberty).

I can sympathize with some parents not wanting the book on a required reading list. But removing it from the supplemental list for parent approval is dead wrong. For some, it seems, highly acclaimed critical social commentary from a member of a tribe that survived genocide is just unacceptable.

I would highly encourage the Meridian High School students to read Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" if they are curious as to just exactly where this kind of censorship can lead. Better read it quick, before it is banned and you are all required to think, believe and act in the same way even more than you are now.


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