Just when you thought we were safely into the 21st Century, along comes a group that wants to turn back to a time they like better. They demand the right to burn a children’s book they deem offensive — which they’d certainly be entitled to do if they bought a copy. But they don’t want to burn just any copy. They want to set aflame the specific copy of the book in their local library.
As the American Library Association reports:
Describing the YA novel by celebrated author Francesca Lia Block as “explicitly vulgar, racial, and anti-Christian,” the complaint by Braun, Joseph Kogelmann, Rev. Cleveland Eden, and Robert Brough explains that “the plaintiffs, all of whom are elderly, claim their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library,” specifically because Baby Be-Bop contains the “n” word and derogatory sexual and political epithets that can incite violence and “put one’s life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike.”