Why Should You Care About Banned Books? (Video)

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.”



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Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter4 years ago

Well said, sir.

I've read most of the books he listed, and while I liked some better than others, I don't regret reading any of them.

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Banning Books Bad

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

Our intelligence and common compassions regarding life, is written beautifully in these many chapters of experiences, both fictionally and non-fictionally, -describing what our humanity shares and cares about. Our ability to select what suites us is why this country is great, and strong, and can grow to become a better place in which to live, provided, we keep our freedom - to read these books and what creative works are to come!!!

Trish K.
Trish K5 years ago

Never Ban Books. Never. If you don't like the subject don't read it but stop trying to convert us to your narrow mind set by Banning The Right to Read. Never Ban Any Book Ever Written.
There is so much to learn even from the crazies who would ban a book.

Heidi H.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Evelyn M.
Evelyn M5 years ago

In my opinion book censors haven't read the books they want banned. If they had they would see the value these books lend to us all,

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld5 years ago


Lynne B.
Lynne B5 years ago

If you think something may offend you, then don't buy it or take it out of the library. What offends one does not offend another. We are adults we can choose what or not to read we don't need censorship to decide for us.
Of all the books in the picture above I think I have read all but two.