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Library’s censorship display whiffs

Library’s censorship display whiffs

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These days, a call for unity is timely and needed. Recently, a local Kearney Public Library display encouraged unity through books and exclaimed “censorship divides.” But, a closer examination of the display revealed a cultural bias that is far from unifying.

The display of “banned books” projected certain groups as victims, thereby promoting the intersectionality doctrine of Marxism, which leads directly to division and destruction. But what if the principle of equality (rather than equity) had been used? What if this display had adequately portrayed the great censorship of conservative, pro-American voices outside the leftist narrative?

What if the banned book “Irreparable Damage,” by Abigail Shrier had been included next to the books that promote the transsexual lifestyle to children? What if Mike Lindell’s book had been displayed? Such relevancy and equality would be appreciated by KPL patrons.

The American Library Association actually requires its member libraries to offer a balance of views on current issues. However, this is not always a reality. Three years ago, KPL offered eight pro-abortion books in its abortion section, but no pro-life books. The book, “Unplanned,” was in its catalogue but was subjectively placed in the religious section though the Library of Congress designates it to the abortion section. After advocating for its proper placement, the book did get moved. Patrons ordered in pro-life books and now the abortion section is more balanced and allows for truly “equal access to information.”

This library display reminds us that civil servants would do well to recognize their own “systemic” (and possibly subconscious) adherence to cultural narratives that divide us rather than unite us.

Katie McClemens, Kearney


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