No, that would infringe on free speech
They should be banned from schools
Older literature with outdated racial portrayals should have warning labels
All literature should carry ratings for racist content, similar to movie ratings
Yes, any literature deemed racist should be banned
Other, please explain
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I think the biggest issue, is who gets to deem something as actually "racist"?
If you read the book The Postman (and, no I don't care if you hated the movie), there were definitely racism in the book, but the book itself wasn't actually racist in nature. The original Nancy Drew books (written in the '30s and '40s, but revised since then), had some racially derogatory language, but it wasn't actually part of the story line, only a reflection of the times.
And then there is, where is the line drawn? Although that kinda goes back to who gets the say.
I don't see a point in shielding all children from reading something that some may not consider age appropriate, as long as we're not talking explicit porn.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
Where Herge does stand critique is that he was originally employed and funded by a magazine owner very sympathetic to the Nazi party of Germany and the far right in Belgium. There is no real proof he was an out and out Nazi sympathiser or racist. His books remain very popular in Africa (I first read them as a child growing up in Zambia and Kenya and they were popular with African kids as they were with ex-pat white kids)
I actually like this thread. Some people are saying the NewYork Times and other papers routinely are viewed by Contractors for the Homeland security department. I just think if we let ourselves ban stuff- we definetly will let the government if its the one we voted for or trust. look at all my scary buddys who love the PATRIOT ACT... why would you call something that may in fact take away rights from American Citizens PATRIOT? Well DUH Git em on board ats hows come. Aint airy youins figured it out yet theys a helpin us right outa
hour libertys. SO no bann nothing and SIGN nothing. They are from the Government and we are THEM and we are not always helpful. We now see the limits to the Federal system( Solving illegal immigration) and The issues of CITIZENS taking rights from others ( National calls to limit Arizonas right to police its own borders).
No, of course they shouldn't be "banned".
They should not, however, be part of any public school curriculum.
Students are forced to read what is assigned, and every American, whatever their age, should have the option of not polluting their brains with the hatred and ignorance that is racism.
If people wish to read such material, they should have to go hunt it down and find it in order to do so.
It certainly isn't appropriate to force it on schoolchildren, or to flap it around in the faces of those of us who want no part of it.