August 21, 2009
A Library's Approach to Books that Offend
In case you haven't seen it already, NYTimes wrote an article about BPL's locked vault containing TinTin au Congo.
I have nothing new to say about this, except to share my favorite comment that has been posted thus far:
I am Czech. The citizens of my country, and many more people in nearby countries, have suffered for generations under various dictatorships and autocracies that, among other things, enjoyed telling them what they could or could not think, say, read, or listen to.
The sight of a locked vault full of banned books has problematic associations with the years of occupation. It makes me very uncomfortable. Therefore, I submit to you that the vault is racially and culturally offensive to Czechs and the entire room should be locked up inside yet another bulletproof vault.