There have been record attempts in Oregon to ban books this year. In fact, Oregon has seen record attempts to ban books this year. This dangerous trend is particularly alarming as fascists feel empowered to undermine our rights. Courts at all levels are making regressive decisions, rolling back protections for pregnant people, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. And it’s not just politicians who are leading this regressive effort but also small groups and individuals who feel entitled to dictate what books and information the rest of us have access to. This year a record 2,572 book titles targeted for removal in libraries nationally are by or about LBGTQ+ and people of color.
No one should decide for us what we can read, see, or hear!
No one should decide for us what we can read, see, or hear! The ACLU is dedicated to the protection of free speech and free expression. When a small group of individuals tries to keep the rest of society from reading a book, viewing a painting, or voicing their opinions, they undermine the freedoms guaranteed for all people in the United States by our Constitution.
A book is “challenged” when a person or group objects to the materials and attempts to remove or restrict their accessibility. A book is “banned” when this removal is successful.
Thanks to the work of libraries and the ACLU, most book challenges are now unsuccessful.
While Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate intellectual freedom, the fight against book censorship is ongoing. Take a moment to read our Executive Director's thoughts on this here.
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