This week (Sept. 30 to Oct. 6) is the 30th annual Banned Books Week. But why should we care about banned books?
In this video essay, journalist and commentator Bill Moyers gets to the heart of just why we should care about banned books. He talks about growing up in Texas, where his only access to books was through the local library, and why book banning is dangerous.
“Think of it: some of the most inspiring and mind-opening words ever written, threatened with removal because they offended a self-deputized vigilante over who wants to deny an entire communityís curiosity and passion to learn.
Censorship is the enemy of truth — even more than a lie. A lie can be exposed; censorship can prevent us knowing the difference.”