Here is Anna Mussmann writing at The Federalist about book bans — and you already know my opinion when it comes to the information war regarding this:
The progressive Americans who cry ‘censorship’ when parents protest high school reading assignments tend to be the same population that supports trigger warnings in college classrooms.
Rape. Incest. Suicide. When parents react in shock to explicit passages found in many contemporary young adult novels and high school lit assignments, they are told that education must acknowledge such issues as part of the real world.
Lately, university students, too, have sparked headlines by protesting classroom material that they find difficult to cope with and asking for the ability to opt-out, such as Yale University students protesting having to read Shakespeare and Chaucer in British literature classes because they are “white male authors.” These students are told that the real world doesn’t include trigger warnings. Both groups are accused of being, at best, would-be ostriches who hide from necessary discomfort.
Yet oddly enough, the progressive Americans who bristle and cry “censorship” when parents protest high school reading assignments tend to be the same population that supports trigger warnings in college classrooms. Conversely, conservatives who want college students to stop claiming that references to sex, colonialism, or racism are “triggering” also tend to argue that schools are less safe when they require high schoolers to read sexual or violent material.
Read more: The Federalist
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