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read banned books tshirt

read banned books tshirt

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.: 100% Airlume combed and ringspun cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
.: Light fabric (4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²))
.: Retail fit
.: Tear away label
.: Runs true to size

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Width, in 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99
Length, in 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99
Sleeve length, in 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39

Let this shirt cast a spell on you to have an open mind! Our "Read Banned Books" t-shirt is a magical way of letting the government know where you stand when it comes to exercising your rights to read whatever you want to! Embrace the mystique of what the government thinks is forbidden knowledge with this unique design that features enchanting books filled with spells, witchcraft, and other mystical readings. Our artistic expression playfully challenges the notion that banned books are detrimental and, instead, celebrates their hidden treasures.

In a world where book banning, a form of censorship, prevails, private individuals, government officials, and organizations often remove books from libraries, school reading lists, or bookstore shelves due to objections to their content, ideas, or themes. Advocates of book banning typically argue that these books contain graphic violence, disrespect for parents and family, explicit sexuality, exaltation of evil, lack of literary merit, or unsuitability for certain age groups, including offensive language.

But did you know, in the United States, book banning is the most widespread form of censorship, especially when it comes to children's literature, which becomes the primary target? Fear surrounds the influence of these books on young minds, as they may present ideas, raise questions, and incite critical inquiry that some parents, political groups, or religious organizations may not be ready to address or find inappropriate. Historically, challenges and bans focused primarily on obscenity and explicit sexuality, like D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterly's Lover" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." However, as time passed, attacks expanded to target ideologies expressed in books.

To counter charges of censorship, opponents of book banning sometimes use the tactic of restricting access rather than advocating for the physical removal of books. But this has changed as they are now actually removing books from schools and libraries where the public can access them. This is a mistake as it restricts information and discourages freedom of thought, by undermining one of the primary functions of education: teaching students how to think for themselves. Such actions endanger tolerance, free expression, and democracy.

The suppression of ideas and information can occur at any stage or level of publication, distribution, or institutional control. Although censorship violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, certain limitations are constitutionally permissible. Community standards may be taken into account when deciding if materials are subject to censor. However, censoring publications by generally accepted authors, like Mark Twain, J.K. Rowling, R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, or Robert Cormier, solely to appease a small segment of the community goes against the principles of free expression. Opponents of book banning emphasize the First Amendment rights of students, arguing that public schools can prohibit books that are "pervasively vulgar" or not suitable for the curriculum but cannot remove books solely based on dislike for the ideas contained within them.

At a time when intellectual freedom is at risk, it is essential to celebrate the freedom to read and explore diverse ideas. Join the movement, embrace the allure of what our society considers forbidden knowledge, and proudly wear our "Read Banned Books" t-shirt. Let's stand together against censorship and encourage open-mindedness, critical thinking, and the power of literature to broaden our horizons.

Get our “Read Banned Books” t-shirt today and support teachers fighting the fight, school rallies, libraries and librarians, and stand up against anyone that is trying to limit our freedoms!

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