Ralph Ellison Gets Banned
The “Invisible Man” is actually living up to his name.
“Invisible Man,” the landmark 1952 novel by Ralph Ellison is being taken off the shelf of some school libraries.
The novel is a source of controversy in and of itself, as it addresses the social and political consequences of being Black in the Jim Crow era.
The book is being questioned on whether or not it is appropriate for younger children (by this meaning high school). In a North Carolina school and district vote, the school board decided to ban the book.
While those who voted for banning the book argue against the texts literary value, the novel has won numerous awards and recognition, including the 1953 National Book Award for fiction, a raving review by New York Times’ Roger Rosenblatt, and is listed on the 100 Best English Language Novels since 1923.
Of course, books often get banned out of adult fear for children’s ability to question and exposure to the “Real World.”
Do you think “Invisible Man” should have been banned? What are your thoughts on banned books?