GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Must-Know Book Banning Statistics [Recent Analysis]

With sources from: 1 – forbes.com/sites/tonifitzgerald/2022/12/29/will-we-see-more-book-banning-challenges-in-2023/?sh=1009ce357241, 2 – npr.org/2022/09/19/1123156201/new-report-finds-a-coordinated-rise-in-attempted-book-bans#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20report%2C%20the,books%20involving%20characters%20of%20color., 3 – procon.org/headlines/banned-books-top-3-pros-and-cons/, 4 – connectusfund.org/16-major-pros-and-cons-of-banning-books-in-schools and many more

In this post, we examine a series of eye-opening statistics surrounding book banning, censorship, and challenges in the United States. From the alarming increase in banned book titles to the reasons behind these challenges, these statistics shed light on a prevalent yet often overlooked issue within our society.

Statistic 1

"The number of book titles banned in 2021-22 has quadrupled from the prior year, with 1,651 unique titles targeted in 681 attempts."

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"The number of book titles banned in 2021-22 has quadrupled from the prior year, with 1,651 unique titles targeted in 681 attempts."

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Statistic 3

"Attempts to ban books from school libraries in America have reached historic highs in 2021, surpassing the high 200s and 400s from 2018-2020."

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"George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university, enrolling more than 39,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states."

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"82-97% of book challenges remain unreported and receive no media attention"

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"The top three reasons for challenging books are sexually explicit content, offensive language, and homosexuality"

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"In 2020, hundreds of libraries, schools, and other institutions reported 156 challenges, affecting 273 books"

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"42% of book challenges are initiated by parents, followed by 29% from the library staff and board members"

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"In 1944, issues of the comic book “Crime Does Not Pay” were banned due to concerns about glorification of crime"

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"Between 1990 and 2000, over 6,364 book censorship incidents were reported in the United States"

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"In 2016, there were 323 recorded attempts to remove books from libraries and schools in the United States"

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"Between 2001 and 2009, 3,736 books were challenged in U.S. libraries and schools"

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"Banned Books Week, a widely recognized annual event, began in 1982"

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"In 2015, 275 book challenges were reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom"

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"In 2013, the American Library Association recorded 307 challenges towards books and other materials"

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"Between 2000 and 2009, the Harry Potter series was the most frequently challenged book in the United States"

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Statistic 17

"In 2012, a Chicago teacher’s request to remove “Persepolis” from the school curriculum led to a city-wide ban on the book"

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"According to the ALA, books by authors of color and books with diverse content are disproportionately banned and challenged"

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Statistic 19

"Between 1990 and 2000, the most challenged book in the United States was “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain"

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Interpretation

The statistics presented highlight the concerning trend of increasing book banning attempts in the United States, particularly targeting a wide range of titles in school libraries. This upsurge underscores the ongoing struggles for intellectual freedom and diversity in literature. The data also shed light on the significant role of parents and library staff in initiating book challenges. Moreover, the disproportionate targeting of books by authors of color and those with diverse content underscores the need for awareness and advocacy against censorship. Overall, these statistics serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing battle for the right to access diverse and uncensored reading materials in our society.

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