Banned Books List: What the right-wing considers dangerous literature

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Expecting this banned books list will be ongoing, unfortunately…

Book bans represent a significant threat to the First Amendment by restricting access to diverse ideas and viewpoints, which are essential to a free and democratic society. These bans often target literature that addresses complex and sometimes controversial themes such as race, sexuality, and political ideologies, under the guise of protecting young readers.

However, this form of censorship undermines intellectual freedom and the right to read, leading to a homogenized culture that stifles critical thinking and open dialogue. The American Library Association (ALA) and PEN America have documented thousands of instances where books have been removed from school and public libraries, reflecting a concerted effort by certain groups to impose their moral or political standards on the wider community, thus eroding the foundational principles of free expression enshrined in the First Amendment​.

Most Banned Books (2023-2024)

  1. “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe
  2. “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George M. Johnson
  3. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
  4. “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope PΓ©rez
  5. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  6. “Beyond Magenta” by Susan Kuklin
  7. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie
  8. “Melissa” (previously published as “George”) by Alex Gino
  9. “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  10. “Drama” by Raina Telgemeier

States Leading in Book Bans

  • Florida: Leads the nation with nearly 400 books banned in the last year. The state has seen a significant increase in book bans, particularly those dealing with themes of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Texas: Another state with high numbers of book bans, often following objections from parents and community members.

Historically banned books

Here’s a list of frequently banned books in the United States over the past 40 years, along with the reasons why they were banned:

Frequently Banned Books

  1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
    • Reasons: Offensive language, racism, unsuitable content for age group.
  2. “1984” by George Orwell
    • Reasons: Political content, pro-communism themes.
  3. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
    • Reasons: Offensive language, sexual content, unsuited to age group.
  4. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Reasons: Language and sexual references.
  5. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
    • Reasons: Sexual content, violence, and offensive language.
  6. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
    • Reasons: Violence, language, and scenes of bullying.
  7. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
    • Reasons: Offensive language, racism, and violence.
  8. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
    • Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
  9. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
    • Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
  10. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
    • Reasons: Racism, offensive language.
  11. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
    • Reasons: Insensitivity, nudity, racism, religious viewpoint, and sexually explicit content.
  12. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
    • Reasons: Offensive language, sexual content, and violence.
  13. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
    • Reasons: Offensive language, violence.
  14. “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
    • Reasons: Witchcraft, promoting an anti-family theme.
  15. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
    • Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language, and anti-Christian themes.
  16. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
    • Reasons: Sexual content, drug use, and offensive language.
  17. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
    • Reasons: Political content, themes of communism.
  18. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
    • Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
  19. “Goosebumps” series by R.L. Stine
    • Reasons: Frightening for young children, supernatural themes.
  20. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” by Judy Blume
    • Reasons: Sexual content, themes of puberty.

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