Whilst we believe that school board politics are inherently silly and meaningless, here at TKC we oppose most forms of censorship.
More importantly . . .
TKC believes that there's nothing inherently dangerous about reading.
Moreover . . .
Outcry for book bans have emerged from social media mobs who typically don't read anything more substantial than a tweet.
Thankfully, a local media outlet is offering up even more eloquent support . . .
“Books are safe harbors, where the freedom of expression and exchange of ideas have flourished for centuries,” said Kirsty Melville, president and publisher at Andrews McMeel Universal, which prominently boasts its global headquarters in downtown Kansas City. “Banning books threatens the very essence of this freedom.”
Such efforts to restrict access to specific books — notably those about sexual and racial identity issues — have made headlines in recent months as parents, school boards, lawmakers, and conservative social media campaigns have reignited a phenomenon not seen at such a pace in decades, according to the New York Times.
“All of us at Andrews McMeel believe that diverse, creative voices cultivate empathy, foster understanding, and nurture compassion,” said Melville in a statement posted Monday across Andrews McMeel Universal’s social media accounts. “We are particularly concerned that many of the books being banned are by writers from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.”
“Banning books doesn’t keep us safe,” she continued. “It limits our society’s potential.”
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
As book banning spreads across US, one KC media company calls out specific threat to diverse creators
"We are particularly concerned that many of the books being banned are by writers from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities," said Kirsty Melville, president and publisher at Andrews McMeel Universal. "Banning books doesn't keep us safe. It limits our society's potential."