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HunterHikes
11:54 PM on 08/30/2013
He wants it banned because it discusses these issues of abuse?

Sure, I get it. To Republicans, if we keep our children uneducated, then these problems simply never exist, right?
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kareemachan
watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
12:09 PM on 08/31/2013
Well, they won't know it's wrong when it happens to them, thanks to people like Holtzclaw. Wonder if that's just a coincidence.....
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01:36 PM on 08/31/2013
Mostly, the subjects of the book excites him.....he thinks regular humans get excited also.
exploreinfinity
Awareness prevails over beliefs every time
06:34 PM on 08/30/2013
Ban Bill Holtzcraw from public service. He apparently doesn't know how to serve the public because he serves 'something else'.
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Lleah
02:34 PM on 08/30/2013
How many Toni Morrison books do you suppose Holtzclaw has read...? How many books at all, for that matter. Republicans don't read.
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EHRose
in diversity there is beauty and there is strength
09:35 AM on 08/30/2013
Unfortunately this is nothing new.

One kid's parents in my school district tried to get Morrison's book Beloved and another book Waterland banned in December 2 years ago from an AP Literature class. (And it wasn't like the student didn't have the book list before the school year began.)

It didn't work, but due to the review process it then had to go through again due to the complaint the teachers had to do some curriculum changes that year.

My daughter who had the class a year or two earlier thought it was ridiculous.
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ChicagoBob
Save the Earth-It's the only planet with chocolate
09:13 AM on 08/30/2013
"The book is just completely objectionable, from language to the content..."

These are 11th graders we are talking about here for God's sake. I bet more than half of them are having oral sex and speaking in 'tongues' like their parents. I doubt if Toni Morrison will hurt them.
08:29 AM on 08/30/2013
I think he has a point. But, did you know that the single most often "banned" literary novel in school libraries is—get a load of this—The Great Gatsby?
newshound620
Still here
12:49 PM on 08/31/2013
Sure, censorship always has a point, huh?
OurOrb
"Going far means returning"
12:33 PM on 09/02/2013
Censorship never has a point. It is a slippery slope.
08:13 AM on 08/30/2013
The book shouldn't be banned for high school students - how many of them are victims of the same crimes? You can stop what you chose not to believe what is actually going on.
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mmmmikkimac
04:14 AM on 08/30/2013
the book should not be banned but books should be looked at is it age appropriate for those who have access to it? Kids today are so much smarter and aware of what is going on around them they out do their parents. If this would be required reading for a senior with parents permission, I would be ok with it but I am against banning books just because some people don't like them. I don't and won't read 50 Shades of Gray - because what most people tell me, it is nothing more that erotica and/or soft porn of fantasy and desires of the author.
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jumpinjohn011
11:38 PM on 08/29/2013
I'm against banning any books. But; if you're gonna ban Huck Finn for having the "N" word in it; than you have to ban this one with this kind of content.
05:53 AM on 08/30/2013
Oh they didn't did they? I'm not a "fan" of Twain but that's messed up.
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kareemachan
watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
newshound620
Still here
12:50 PM on 08/31/2013
Or don't ban either.
11:31 PM on 08/29/2013
I suppose it's okay for teenagers to see this behavior portrayed on television, through video games and in the movies. They just aren't supposed to read about them.
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proudem
does not suffer fools gladly
02:05 AM on 08/30/2013
that was my thought.
RealistBC
Micro-bios must pass muster. Mine won't.
11:08 PM on 08/29/2013
Is this more of that "personal responsibility" Republicans are addicted to bloviating about?
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roninbear
Malala Yousafzai: Survivor, Hero.
10:24 PM on 08/29/2013
I definitely think we should ban anything by Ayn Rand.
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Community Advocate Stuart
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10:18 PM on 08/29/2013
Remind me to sneak a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey into my daughter's high school library her Freshman year.
04:54 PM on 08/30/2013
You obviously have not read The Bluest Eyes to compare it to Fifty Shades of Grey
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Community Advocate Stuart
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05:01 PM on 08/30/2013
No comparison at all, just my little jab at social conservatives who don't like to read icky words of passion is all.  =)

I'm sure The Bluest Eyes is far better written than that fan fiction spinoff, but being immediately recognizable I'd pay to see the looks on some parents faces when their kid brought it home.
08:54 PM on 08/29/2013
I have an even better idea. Let's ban Nicholas Sparks books and read a lot of Flannery O'Connor instead. You up for that?
07:47 PM on 08/29/2013
This book is on the suggested reading list for 11th grade..that is 16 to 17 year olds. Does this guy seriously not think these teenagers don't know about this stuff ? Figuring Alabama ranked 14 out of 50 in high teen pregnancy rates, maybe he may want to reconsider what these already know.