Nu er der faldet en afgørelse i sagen hvor Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees fjernede flere titler fra hylderne – heriblandt de prisbelønnede “Fun Home” og “Blankets” – p.g.a. anklager om pornografisk og anstødeligt indhold. Titlerne er nu tilbage på hylderne, dog flyttet fra ungdomshjørnet til voksenafdelingen.
The meeting began with John Carton, executive director of Butterfield Youth services, speaking about the two novels in question. He noted that he was speaking as an individual and not on behalf of BYS.
Carton said that he went to the library to read these novels because he wanted to be better informed.
“I felt offended by not being allowed to check them out and read them, so I went and bought them,” he said. “I found them intriguing.”
He told of the personal identity issues of the characters in the books and the isolation the characters went through.
He said it requires strength to go through those experiences.
“We should encourage those processes, not discourage them,” Carton said. Isolation can be devastating to kids, he said.
Det er godt at se at fornuften sejrer i en sag som denne, som nærmede sig censur.