An average high-school degree voter, still loyal to the GOP or MAGA agenda, is clueless about what book banning means. They cheer for what seems like a benign act by their representatives without calculating or conceiving the danger it may lead to down the road. Most voters don’t understand the impact of book banning on their freedom of speech and thought within the context of a vibrant democracy.
Invariably, the same people who most call for freedom of expression are also the same people who are banning books, which are also the people who stood by on January 6 as our democracy buckled under their vitriolic attack. Most voters cannot make that simple connection, either because they are mostly ignorant, or because they are Confederates at heart aiming for splitting this nation in half.
Theirs is a crusade against learning and knowledge to bend the truth to fit their undemocratic plans. And as sinister as their agenda is, most voters cannot grapple with their goals because they are unable to comprehend the evil indoctrination underway.
Book banning is about erasing people and their ideas because of their contribution to society. The same way Hitler tried to erase Jewish books and their contribution to Germany.
NAZI BOOK BURNING
As a “symbol of Nazi intolerance and censorship“, Germany in 1933, at the height of the Nazi rise to power, burned liberal books publicly. There is no difference between burning and banning except for the symbolism. Both prevent people from learning the truth about other peoples and their ideas.
In America, today, we are experiencing what Germany experienced in 1933, a few years before a world war broke out that impacted all the nations on earth. We are not saying the Republican’s drive of book banning will lead to world war, but it might lead to another civil war when the forces of intolerance keep aiming higher to achieve supremacy over the rest of the country.
Book banning is as inelastic an act as it gets. It’s the rising tension of a bow before it releases the arrow. Yet, millions of Americans seem oblivious to its danger, and they are letting leaders with fascist tendencies to set the stage for the slow break-up of our democracy for a very simple reason centering on retaining power at all costs by erasing the history of everyone else in their midst.
Book banning is about erasing people and their ideas because of their contribution to society. The same way Hitler tried to erase Jewish books and their contribution to Germany. But unlike the early days of corralling native Indians and lynching African-Americans, a large portion of today’s society is too connected, and too cognizant of the danger of book banning even though rural America remains ignorant of its implications.
Succinctly speaking, over half the country will not let the white supremacists get away with another cultural re-murder, even if most voters do not understand the impact of book banning.
In short, book banning is the yeast that leavens the bread of autocracy.
OUR DEMOCRACY IS THE VICTIM
The first to suffer from book banning, other than knowledge, is our democracy because of the slippery slope, intentional or not, of where it might lead us.
Now, imagine a scenario, please. White supremacists in this country, because their Caucasian race is falling off a cliff due to population increases of other minorities and white birth rates crashing — a fault of their own as white lawless capitalism increases the costs of raising children, between day care, healthcare, and education, to unbearable levels — decide to retain power regardless of costs to our country. Even the costs of our own democracy, which they have already attempted to slaughter on January 6, 2021. How would you re-start that momentous and historical but with less shock to the system? You guessed it. By book banning, which erases the culture and history of everyone else, especially the minorities.
Erasure renders a whole people invisible, or even non-existent. The white supremacist-led Apartheid system in South Africa tried to erase Nelson Mandela by erasing his history. Edgar Hoover killed Martin Luther King to erase black power in this country. Book banning is a more modern way to erase millions of people slowly from ever existing, or ever attaining a certain level of power.
In short, book banning will end up killing our democracy. It’s the yeast that leavens the bread of autocracy.