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article imageMost frequently challenged favourite books by authors of color

By Lesley Lanir     Apr 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Chicago - The American Library Association compiles annually lists of challenged books. They also list authors of 'color' whose work has been challenged in the past. The most common complaints were these books are sexually explicit and have offensive language.
The American Library Association do not ban books - they advocate freedom of speech - but they do report annually on the books that have received complaints or challenges from people and groups. They also list challenged authors and challenged and banned classic books. Another list the ALA holds is that of challenged books by authors of color. Below are the books that were most challenged in the last decade of the 20th century. Check if any of your favorites are on there and if you agree with the reasons they were challenged.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Reason for challenges: racism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Reason for challenges: homosexuality, sexually explicit
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Reason for challenges: racism, offensive language, violence
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, violence
Native Son by Richard Wright
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, occult
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: racism, sexually explicit, offensive language
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language
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