The value of books has been recorded thousands upon thousands of times. Books have espoused freedom and widened horizons, prompted dreams and helped imagine futures. They have mitigated despair and offered hope, relayed history, answered questions and raised more.
And here we are today, in some quarters in America, on a quest to ban them.
Across the nation, folks are using the power of the state to limit access to books, pressuring libraries to take books out of circulation. School boards are considering demands to remove certain books from classroom reading and discussion.
It’s a grim day in America.