EDITOR'S DESK: Banning books promotes inequality

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 05:11 PM.

Second, carefully studying the story evokes contemporary examples of institutional ignorance.

Again, the cave dwellers are not willfully ignorant; the institution simply has made it this way. After all, why are the men chained to a wall? Why aren’t they allowed to see the sun and enjoy all of creation?

What is the purpose of this restriction?

So, too, we ask of banning books. (See “Library celebrates freedom to read.") What is the purpose of this restriction?

Libraries are an abundant resource of diverse literary works, texts and concepts. In a free society, banning certain books from library shelves is no different from eternally chaining unwitting ignoramuses to a wall.

Though there is no meaningful purpose for either case, the effect in both instances is the same: the few who break free from their chains — those who gain access to the prohibited books some other way — will advance light years beyond those shackled, those shielded from certain literary works, texts and ideas.

Libraries shouldn’t ban books because despite the economic differences that set us and our education backgrounds apart, they are the place, especially in Crestview, where we all can come together and truly be equal.

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