Monday, October 5, 2009

Robert Cormier on Censorship

I sympathize with parents who want to have control over their own children. What their children should do, see, read. My wife and I exercised those kinds of controls. If parents object to their children reading We All Fall Down, I don't protest. But when they forbid other children from reading it then I strongly object. This, in fact, is the censorship problem in its most basic concept. Telling other people what they can do, see, or read. Invading rights of individuals in a free country.
--Robert Cormier, award-winning author of frequently challenged books for young adults, quoted in Robert Cormier: Banned, Challenged, and Censored, by W. H. Beckman (2008), p. 32.

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