Banned or challenged books help us look at the current state of society. Generally, when books are challenged, themes are present. Here is a list of works by Black authors that were challenged or banned (mostly in schools). Can you see a theme?
Every day books are challenged or outright banned in locations. Once a year, we recognize these titles and share them widely. Banned Book week ran from September 26th through October 2nd this year. Here are a list of books by Black Authors that were challenged on sexual content, racial content, divisive language, violence and/or other excuses.
Here are five from the list and the reasons they were challenged.
Things Fall Apart - 2012 - challenge in TX
The New Jim Crow - 2017 - NC Prisons - racially divisive
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - multiple years - racially divisive and deviant behavior
Go Tell It On the Mountain - multiple years - profanity and sex
Native Son - multiple years - violence, sex, and profanity
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