Recommended Reading: Protecting White Kids from History

A still from “Beloved”

Grace, a writer for the oh-so-snarky-yet-on-point blog titled “Are Women Human?,” gets at the heart of why censorship is both subjective and oppressive in her article “Protecting White Kids from History.” In the article, Grace dissects the case of Laura Murphy, a mother who wants Beloved, The Road, and Obasan removed Fairfax County, Virginia. On the topic, Grace writes:

Here’s another question: which 17 and 18 year olds need protection from this? Many teenagers know these things already. Some because it’s an unavoidable part of their history. So many others know these things from direct experience. To be able to assume a blanket right to protection that can be exercised simply by keeping scary books out of kids’ hands is the product of an amazing level of privilege and disconnectedness from reality.

Murphy’s attempt to silence these books is rooted in the desire to remain ignorant. This ban would allow privileged students to hide from the realities of racial violence, while simultaneously isolating many students from material relevant to their lived experience. In addition to the effective analysis of this particular incident, Grace offers an important argument against censorship by highlighting the limits of human subjectivity and the power that censorship has to reinforce ignorance.

Read the full article on Are Women Human.

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