The topic of book bans is discussed in the opinion piece, "Book Bans Are Targeting the History of Oppression," by Marilisa Jiménez Garcia, professor of English and Latino studies.
So far during this school year alone, districts across the U.S. have banned many anti-racist instructional materials as well as best-selling and award-winning books that tackle themes of racism and imperialism, explains Jiménez Garcia.
"What these bans are doing is censoring young people’s ability to learn about historical and ongoing injustices," she writes.
Jiménez Garcia says the possibility of a more just future is at stake when book bans deny young people access to knowledge of the past.
"The irony is that in banning books that make them uncomfortable, adults are wielding their own prejudices as a weapon, and students will suffer for it."
The full opinion piece can be read on The Atlantic's website.