Contributed by Arthur Ahrens of Branchport, NY.
Here’s a couple of photos:
One photo was taken at a book burning in Opera Square in Berlin, Germany, on May 10, 1933. It is described by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as “perhaps the most famous book burning in history”
The second photo was taken on Feb. 2, 2022, in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, which is a suburb of Nashville. It was taken of a book-burning held in the days after a Tennessee school board voted to ban “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust.
Does anyone see any similarities?
Some other interesting news:
The Radical Right is now turning its attention to Public Libraries. A library in Llano, Tx is under assault by the Censorship Police. These activists found 60 books objectionable, including those about transgender teens, sex education and race, including such notable works as “Between the World and Me,” by author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, an exploration of the country’s history written as a letter to his adolescent son. They want the books pulled off the shelf. I don’t know about the rest, but I have read “Between the World and Me”. Not only do I believe that it shouldn’t be banned, I believe that it should be required reading for Secondary School students everywhere. But I digress…
Llano joins a growing number of communities across America where conservatives have mounted challenges to books and other content related to race, sex, gender and other subjects they deem inappropriate. A movement that started in schools has rapidly expanded to public libraries, accounting for 37 percent of book challenges last year, according to the American Library Association. Conservative activists in several states, including Texas, Montana and Louisiana have joined forces with like-minded officials to dissolve libraries’ governing bodies, rewrite or delete censorship protections, and remove books outside of official challenge procedures.
Over the years I have been told IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE! And now I see it happening. Where, when and how exactly, will it stop?