Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bloggers Speak Out

Unless you've been under a rock since Sunday, you know about #SpeakLoudly. My feelings were like a rollercoaster when I first heard about the potential book banning. First I was furious, typing away, checking links, and staring in anger at the words Wesley Scroggins wrote. Within an hour, I couldn't help but smile seeing post after post of reactions. It made me want to shout out, "Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Scroggins!"

Soon my smile faded when I came across so many posts from bloggers and authors telling their stories. Telling stories of things that should have never happened to them. When I saw one of my friends, a girl I knew way before the both of us started book blogging had decided to Speak Out and tell her story, my heart broke. It takes a lot of courage to share something so personal and vulnerable with the entire world, but they did it because they care about this issue. And I, as a woman, a writer, and a lover of books, admire the hell out of each and everyone of them. When Natalie from Mindful Musings said she was going to gather bloggers to do a project for Speak Out - I had to join.

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.

Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship--in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are "officially" participating in what we're calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that we've found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out!

Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**
Other Giveaways
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship
Important Articles on the Subject
"Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" (the article that started it all)
"Republic School Book Choices under Fire" (Springfield News-Leader)


LuxeCouture said...

Woah, I didn't know they were gonna ban those other two books too! This is just WRONG!!!!! :((( I hope all of our strong words get through to these people!!

Llehn said...

I'm glad you're all doing this. It's appalling how much damage an opinionated misinformed academia can do.

Pokadots1121 said...

This is a great idea. Showing that Dr.Sroggins is wrong. I think everyone should read books like Speak.

prophecygirl said...

Awesome post matey. This is such an important topic.

ally said...

I <3 this :)!

Some of the posts I read didn't say "don't ban" just because, they were thoughtful posts with good points, which is why I think it was a great initiative!