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Read These 10 Books Before They’re Banned Books

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Books have been banned and burned for as long as the written word has been circulating in print. That’s why you need to read each one of these — before you can’t.

Oppressive regimes control access to ideas because they know that knowledge is liberating and diversity is powerful. History has not been kind to those who ignore their pasts, which is why we must take threats of authoritarianism seriously.

To expand your world view and open your mind, read more. You need to read each one of these books before they are banned. Each one challenges harmful societal norms and is worth a read (or two).

10. Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives by Nia King

“When we don’t pay artists, we sentence ourselves to a life where there won’t be art by people of color, by queers, by women, and we know that it’s a struggle and critique and understanding and resilience that creates fantastic art.“

This project was developed by the queer art activist Nia King. King wanted to talk with other trans and queer artists of color to learn more about what it means to be successful and to survive. The book is a collection of interviews with people who are doing incredible things in art and activist spaces. This is a book for activists, artists, people across the gender spectrum, and anyone with a curious mind. It is truly an incredible and eye-opening journey through the lives of fascinating people who break the binary gender mold.

9. The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

This poetic novelette is one that explores themes of borders, abuse, sexuality and identity. The entire story explores a struggle with the notion of belonging.  This book challenges traditional notions of relationships and continues to be more relevant every year as we become more deeply intertwined with social media and technology. The protagonist, Geryon, uses photography as a window, allowing him to stay inside while viewing the outside. He is constantly craving for a connection between himself and the outside world but it is only when he lets go of the camera that he finally succeeds in making that connection.

“…I will never know how you see red and you will never know how I see it. But this separation of consciousness is recognized only after a failure of communication, and our first movement is to believe in an undivided being between us….”

This is just a snippet, to read the whole article check it out at Wear Your Voice.

Kristance Harlow

March 1, 2017

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