Say, What’s The Difference In The Books Liberals And Conservatives Are Banning?

I’m not quite sure what bee got in the burr of ABC News and writer Kiara Alfonseca, but, they decided to take on the the book bans in a neutral manner

How conservative and liberal book bans differ amid rise in literary restrictions

The country saw a growing effort to ban books in schools and libraries nationwide in 2022, and researchers expect to see more efforts to challenge books in 2023 as some Republican-backed laws across the country aim to restrict LGBTQ and racial content in school books.

While activists across the political spectrum have sought to restrict or protest some forms of literature, the vast majority of book challenges are from conservative-leaning groups, researchers say. Only a handful of efforts have also come from liberal sources, mainly targeting books with racist or offensive language.

See, of course it’s your fault

“If you get five people and they walk through a library and they are allowed to remove anything they think might get someone in trouble for it being there — Well, they’re going to start pulling all kinds of stuff, a conservative person and progressive person,” Jonathan Friedman, the director of free expression and education programs at PEN America, told ABC News. “We all have different issues that we think shouldn’t be in books — historic representations of racism, for example, something like Mark Twain is just as likely to [be seen as potentially controversial] as is ‘Gender Queer,'” a coming-of-age memoir about the author’s LGBTQ identity.

There were at least 2,532 book challenges from July 2021 to June 2022, affecting 1,648 book titles, according to a report by the free expression protection group PEN America.

“We’re in danger of removing from libraries, all kinds of materials, some of which are seen as classic forms of literature and some of which are now in danger of not becoming classic works of literature for the future because they’re being censored in this way,” Friedman said.

Yeah, most of those are from liberals

Books targeted by conservative groups were overwhelmingly written by or about people of color and LGBTQ people, according to anti-censorship researchers. According to PEN American and the ALA, many of the challenges reference the sexual content or inherent messaging in the books.

Banned Books Lists from the ALA show that these groups have challenged young adult books such as “The Hate U Give” and “The Bluest Eye,” which discuss racism in the United States, as well as book titles like “Gender Queer” and “All Boys Aren’t Blue” which discuss LGBTQ identities, sexuality and gender.

Meanwhile, liberal efforts criticized or restricted books in the name of anti-racism or progressive ideals.

Books like “Of Mice and Men;” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and several Dr. Seuss titles have been challenged in some schools and libraries due to racist language or imagery throughout the years, including the use of the n-word or insensitive imagery of racial stereotypes, according to the ALA.

So, liberals want literature classics removed from schools and libraries because they might get Offended, and, really, many are uber-white liberals being Offended on behalf of blacks. Conservatives want books removed from schools and libraries for two reasons: first, because these unhinged leftist books teach young kids that everything they do, everything they think, everything they are, and all their history is raaaaacist.

The second is because kids do not need to be seeing what are in essence pornography, teaching young kids about anal and oral sex, sex between same sex in a pornographic manner (you can bet parents would not want the same taught about opposite sex, because parents did protest this around 10 years ago), how to be transgender, and all sorts of stuff that is entirely not age appropriate. Children do not need to see this. Children do not need to be exposed to this. They should not be exposed to this. Especially as it’s being done to indoctrinate children, the same as all the CRT stuff.

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12 Responses to “Say, What’s The Difference In The Books Liberals And Conservatives Are Banning?”

  1. Leftist Elwood P. Dowd says:

    See, of course it’s your fault

    Snowflake connies are always the victim. Always!

    Libs/wokes have always wanted to limit kid’s access to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, arguably the greatest American novel. Libs hated the use of the “n-word” there. But that, of course, is short-sighted.

    I hope you have all read the book – the earlier you read it, the better. Recall it was published in 1885.

    The denouement occurred late in the book.

    Two acquaintances that Huck and ol’ Jim (escaped slave) met along the Mississippi betrayed Jim and sold him for “for forty dollars,” and the purchasers have locked Jim in a shed, awaiting his return to his rightful owner, Miss Watson, for a $200 reward. Huck goes back to their raft and there he gets to thinking about the lessons he learned in Sunday school about what happens to people like him who assist runaway slaves.

    “People that acts as I’d been acting about [Jim],” he’d been told, “goes to everlasting fire.”

    Huck feels genuine conviction regarding his sin and, fearful of his certain fate in hell unless he changes course, he decides to write a letter to Jim’s owner, Miss Watson, to tell her where Jim can be found:

    “I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life, and I knowed I could pray now. But I didn’t do it straight off, but laid the paper down and set there thinking – thinking how good it was all this happened so, and how near I come to being lost and going to hell. And went on thinking. And got to thinking over our trip down the river; and I see Jim before me, all the time; in the day, and in the night-time, sometimes moonlight, sometimes storms, and we a floating along, talking, and singing, and laughing. But somehow I couldn’t seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind. I’d see him standing my watch on top of his’n, stead of calling me, so I could go on sleeping; and see him how glad he was when I come back out of the fog; and when I come to him agin in the swamp, up there where the feud was; and such-like times; and would always call me honey, and pet me, and do everything he could think of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard, and he was so grateful, and said I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one he’s got now; and then I happened to look around, and see that paper (the letter).”

    It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right, then, I’ll go to hell”- and tore it up.

    “It was awful thoughts, and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming. I shoved the whole thing out of my head; and said I would take up wickedness again, which was in my line, being brung up to it, and the other warn’t. And for a starter, I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that, too; because as long as I was in, and in for good, I might as well go the whole hog.”

  2. Remember: what conservatives are attempting to do is remove what are essentially groomer books from public schools, which hold what is effectively a captive audience. They aren’t trying to stop or bookstores or private libraries from carrying them, nor (seriously) trying to scrub the internet of that junk.

  3. James H Lewis says:

    Dear Elwood:

    Why is HF the nation’s greatest novel?

    And what is your point?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:


      Note I said “arguably the greatest American novel”.

      Obviously, there are many great novels by Americans about America, that help explain the American experience. The Last of the Mohicans. Moby Dick. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Grapes of Wrath. The Catcher in the Rye. To Kill a Mockingbird.

      Many deal with race, independence, freedom, idealism, poverty, war, determination, morality.

      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was one of the first American novels to utilize a regional vernacular. In 1935, Ernest Hemingway stated that “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn’.” William van O’Connor wrote, in a 1955 issue of College English, that “we are informed, from a variety of critical positions, that [it] is the truly American novel”.

      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn deals with race, slavery, abuse, crime, morality, religion, humanity, social responsibility and courage.

      What did you think of the excerpt where Huck wrestles with himself over whether to do the “right thing”, that is turn in runaway slave Jim, or the wrong and illegal plan to steal Jim to set him free?

      Twain said “a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience”.

      I read it, probably about 13-15 yrs old (I had a set at home – Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn). Huck was convinced that by freeing his friend Jim he would go to Hell, but freed his friend anyway.

      • James H Lewis says:

        Dear Elwood:

        So what? Who cares when you read it? I read it in the 6th grade, checked it out of the school library…but so what if I did?? Quit posturing.

        Who’s trying to ban it? I mean besides a bunch of woke people and their cancel culture buddies???

        “….One example of attempts to ban the book include a resolution from 2019, initiated by two state assembly members, asking New Jersey schools ……. banned once before in New Jersey, when it was briefly taken out of Cherry Hill’s syllabus in 1996….nclude 2016, when the book was banned from the Montgomery County school syllabus in Pennsylvania, and in 2022, when the book was pulled from the reading program in the Burbank Unified School District ……”,of%20his%20students%2C%20per%20the%20Los%20Angeles%20Times.

        Show some facts.

        • drowningpuppies says:

          Rimjob just loves to copy&paste and believes he makes some kind of relevant point by doing so.
          If you aren’t smart enough to figure out what the point is… well, that’s on you.

          Bwaha! Lolgf

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:


          Who cares when you read it? LOL.

          Read what I wrote earlier:

          Libs/wokes have always wanted to limit kid’s access to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, arguably the greatest American novel. Libs hated the use of the “n-word” there. But that, of course, is short-sighted.

          Why are you always so angry?

        • Dana says:

          I read Tom Sawyer, and started Huckleberry Finn, but never finished it; I really couldn’t stay interested in it.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            Understood. Huckleberry Finn was filled with moral dilemmas.

            I tried reading the Bible once, but never finished it; I really couldn’t stay interested in it.

  4. Professor Hale says:

    The difference is that libs want to prevent adults from seeing new ideas or any ideas that conflict with their own world vies. Conservatives want to ban books from TAXPAYER funded venues that promote leftist topics to children. There are no conservatives anywhere that are trying to prevent adults from reading whatever trash they like or ban it from the marketplace of ideas.

    Book burning has always been a progressive idea.

  5. Jl says:

    Yes-age appropriate reading selection at school is not the same as banning books….

  6. david7134 says:

    If you ever desire to see how little freedom we have, just write a book or article that varies from the approved narrative. Friends wrote a story about our experience with the oil companies. It was rejected as it portrayed oil companies in a favorable. If you write about race relations, it must portray blacks as poor, beaten down folks that are oppressed by the white man, again another story rejected because of favorable themes. Try writing an article about aspects of CV disease that are not associated with cholesterol, no dice. This is not conspiracy, it is a narrative that must be adhered to. Now I know someone will find something that counters this observation, but the fact is that people are not allowed a voice.

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