Clay Bennett for January 29, 2022

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    RAGs  about 2 years ago

    “Ya can’t let peoples read anything dat’ll give away what us republicans is trying to do.”

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    eolan59  about 2 years ago

    Great timing too, almost on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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    Concretionist  about 2 years ago

    If you look carefully, you’ll see that right wingers want to censor what you read because you might learn something they think is evil / wrong. Liberals are more about protecting YOU from having to read stuff that’s degrading, disgusting or violent. And they generally try to do it by putting such things on the “adult shelf” or providing a “guidance rating”. Not by actually burning books.

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    hermit48  about 2 years ago

    You have got to be sh!ting me.

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    LVObserver  about 2 years ago

    My understanding is that it was taken off the curriculum for 8th grade, not removed from the school. My kids read it in 10th grade, which seemed reasonable for the more intense content. My son and I discussed the issues brought out by Spiegelman. Big maturity gap from 13 to 15.

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    braindead Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Republicans* hate it when stuff gets ‘cancelled’.

    Censorship? Well, you gotta protect people from them socialist communist things they might read and get bad ideas from.

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    FreyjaRN Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Classic QOP move. So ignorant.

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    wolfiiig  about 2 years ago

    Looking Away and Pretending It Never Happened for Dummies. On sale now!

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    William Bednar Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Trump’s alter-ego?

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    leonardonyc  about 2 years ago

    But isn’t it your side all about censorship? Always has been specially now.. ban, cancel

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    The Nodding Head  about 2 years ago

    When I was in school (50s-60s) sex was a forbidden word. That didn’t prevent us from getting interested in the subject, but more education took place in the locker room than the classroom. I thought we as a society had gotten smarter.

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    rs0204 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Unless human nature has radically changed in the last 50 years, the moment an adult (or school board) tells a kid they can’t read something, the kid will go out of his way to find it and read it. I would bet dollars to donuts that copies of Maus are circulating around 8th graders right now. I read The Catcher in the Rye specifically because I was told I couldn’t way back when.

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    Zebrastripes  about 2 years ago

    I knew two Holocaust survivors! I saw the numbered tattoos on their arms!

    Who ever denies it happened are cult/ conspiracy theorists!


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    akachman Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Buying my copy today. Maybe a buy a few. Thanks to the fascists MFs, the book probably is selling in big numbers.

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    outgolfing  about 2 years ago

    Here’s an idea if you don’t believe: go to Europe and visit one of the Holocaust camps they have kept so we remember and can learn about the atrocities that happened. We did and it was the most sobering experience of my life. If you cannot get there, then visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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    Pgalden1 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Also trapped and killed: the art of “critical thinking”

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    countoftowergrove  about 2 years ago

    Snowflakes who bitch about cancel culture shouldn’t be banning books. Meanwhile, if you know a high schooler whose school is banning books, encourage them to use a public library, or buy the book!

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member about 2 years ago

    This particular holocaust is well documented but many more are swept under the proverbial rug. Teaching our sordid history needs to be unbiased.. and at an age appropriate level.

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    wildthing  about 2 years ago

    Odd how republican ratf$#kers are soooooo concerned about a mouse penis.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member about 2 years ago

    After a Tennessee school board decided to ban Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel Maus: A Survivor’s Tale — a historical account of Holocaust survivors based on Spiegelman’s parents — a college professor channeled his anger by creating a free online course for McMinn County’s 8th–12th grade students.

    The course will “not be public, but open only to McMinn County, TN, students who apply,” Professor Scott Denham of Davidson College says on his Maus class website. “I have taught Spiegelman’s books many times in my courses on the Holocaust over many years.”

    In addition, a comic book store in Knoxville is promising free copies of Maus to any McMinn County students who ask for it.

    The book was banned from McMinn County schools after leaders said it contained too much strong language and graphic depictions of the Holocaust. Around 6 million Jewish people died between the 1930s and the early 1940s as the Nazi regime systematically arrested and cruelly killed them.

    Nirvana Comics said they would give away copies of the book because they “believe it is a must-read for everyone.” They said all students need to do is ask for a copy by calling them or reaching out on social media. However, they said they had a limited supply of books so there could be a waitlist for anyone interested in reading it.

    They said they had a large order of Maus expected to arrive soon, so they could give away more copies of the book after their initial supply was loaned out or sold.

    “We are in discussions with a much larger organization to expand the program. We hope to have news on that soon,” they also said.

    The book is a graphic novel written in a documentary style, following the story of a man and his family as he watches the Nazi regime rise to power and eventually invade Poland. Later in the book, he is taken to Auschwitz, a concentration camp where more than 1 million Jewish people were worked nearly to death, starved and systematically killed.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Wanna bet that the nationwide sales of “Maus” go through the roof???

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    LeeGP  about 2 years ago

    When I was a small child virtually every adult I knew had a number tattooed on their arm. I remember asking once if I would get one when I grew up (I was maybe 4 or 5 at the time). The room grew very quiet and I was sent to bed early.

    There is also ONE family photo in my possession containing 35 people gathered together (in roughly 1937) on the occasion of a successful relative visiting them in Warsaw. In 1945 there were 5 left.

    So don’t tell me this never happened.

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    John Leonard Premium Member about 2 years ago

    The best way to get a kid to read a book is to say “you can’t”.

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    greenlynn Premium Member about 2 years ago

    The book once again on the best seller lists. I could only find one copy in my local book store. At the time I looked, Amazon had no copies available. I think they do now.

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    PatL Premium Member about 2 years ago

    These people are- non-thinkers- a person whose decision making shows a complete absence of common sense and or intelligence, showing an abundance of ignorance and stupidity

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    Radish the wordsmith  about 2 years ago

    Fascist anti democracy Republicans don’t want people to see their plans for the USA.

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    parkerinthehouse  about 2 years ago

    ordered my copy! backordered til February

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    Andylit Premium Member about 2 years ago

    If you have not read it you MUST. If you have not given the set to your children to read (with some preparation) you MUST. About 10 years ago I purchased 40 sets at a library sale. Battered and worn, but intact. I gave them out on occasion to teens and adults who seemed to be in need of an awakening but were too lazy to take up the topic in depth.

    The school board in question banned the book for 8th grade and below. I am not sure if that is the correct decision. Fortunately they did not ban the book in HS. When I was in school we did not get the holocaust education segments until 10th grade. So, there may be some validity. Maus was not available then. I wish it was because it breaks the Holocaust down into a truly unforgettable lesson.

    By the time we covered the topic in 10th grade I already knew more about it than the teacher. I had already read dozens of 1st person accounts along with the more comprehensive books on the topic. I was already acquainted with several camp survivors. Later on, my ex-wife is Jewish, and through her parents I became friends with several camp survivors. When they were willing (rarely) I was allowed to ask questions and then listen.

    At this point I have hundreds of books on the Holocaust, probably more than most libraries. Yet with 50 years of reading and research, Maus is in my opinion one of the most impactful and important books in the 20th and 21st centuries. Perhaps it is the “graphic novel” format. Perhaps the anthropomorphization breaks through where even 1st hand accounts cannot.

    Whatever it is, Maus generates a visceral reaction rarely caused by even the most comprehensive accounts of the camps.


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    dalton9529  about 2 years ago

    Republicans think Nazis are fine people.

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    More Coffee Please! Premium Member about 2 years ago

    If I hear one more republican’t accuse the Democrats of “cancel culture” I swear I’m going to take a swing at them.

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    robertthomasson  about 2 years ago

    To paraphrase from the librarian in the article:

    If you have a worldview that can be undone by a [comic], let me suggest that the problem is not the [comic]

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    Otis the Bear  about 2 years ago

    A news report I found on this mentioned, almost as an afterthought, that a different book on the Holocaust would be used instead of Maus. It irritates me that more wasn’t said about this. What book? One that adequately describes the events (albeit without the alleged offensive language and nudity)? No other news report mentioned this at all.

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