We can’t help smirking that the people who invented and drenched America with “cancel culture” are now complaining that conservatives like Republican governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, as well as parent groups, are banning books from schools and libraries.
We’re, of course, against book banning. In many cases, conservatives ARE going too far in keeping books off library shelves. But you don’t have to be a prudish nun to be horrified by the LGBTQ “school” books containing explicit material.
We have here a clinical case of projection with the self-righteous left accusing the right of banning books – when, of course, that has long been their agenda. The idiocy started with “progressives” banishing Huckleberry Finn from high school curricula and from library bookshelves for being racist. Never mind that Ernest Hemingway once said: “All American literature derives from one book: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.” The left was evidently too stupid to even realize that the runaway slave, Jim, was the hero of the book.
Next came a ban on Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men — a longtime favorite of high school students — for some language that was deemed offensive.
On these pages we’ve exposed the left’s cancel campaigns targeting Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and other literary classics that they can discover something on some page that could offend someone and sometimes. In several cases classics have been edited without permission – which seems a dangerous precedent for censorship.
Meanwhile, a reader sent us pictures from bootlegged copies of two banned Dr. Seuss books and drawings that are evidently inappropriate. We wonder if you can spot what is offensive in these pictures. We can’t. It’s like Where’s Waldo.
Our point is that the left seems to think there is an equivalence to removing To Kill a Mockingbird from library shelves as opposed to books with explicit photos and descriptions of gay sex that rival what you might see in Hustler Magazine. We’re a family newsletter so we can’t show the pictures on these pages, but for those with inquiring minds, this article has some of the tamer graphic details: https://www.
A letter in this weekend’s WSJ stated the point well:
“Some people want teens to read anything, especially sexually explicit material, and label as fascists any who seek to protect the innocence of youth by removing books that can’t even be read out loud in a school board meeting.”
This is the very definition of cultural decay.