When a school board in Tennessee banned Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel "Maus" last month, it joined a nationwide trend of parents and school boards challenging and removing content deemed offensive, especially publications concerning history and racism. The graphic novel is based on Spiegelman's interviews with his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor and represents Jews as mice and Germans as cats.
School officials cited concerns about profanity and nudity in its depiction of Polish Jews during the Holocaust.
According to an American Library Association report, there were 330 "book challenges" in the fall of 2021, an escalation from the same periods in recent years.
How do you feel about the recent surge of book challenges and bans from parents and school officials across the country?