The freedom to read is essential to our democracy! Banning books does not ban thought. Banning books does not remove them from history. Banning books simply demonstrates ignorance and intolerance.
On Monday, Sept 16th, Board Chair Tommy McDonald and Randolph County Board of Education members Tracy Boyles, Gary Cook, Matthew Lambeth, and Gary Mason voted to ban Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man from school libraries.
According to the Courier-Tribune article, Gary Mason said, “I didn’t find any literary value.” He also objected to the language in the book. “I’m for not allowing it to be available.”
Mr Mason (et al), your attempts a suppression will not go without notice.
I am asking change.org to support this petition because it is the right thing to do for a free and democratic society.