Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Book to be banned.

The news is out: Vamos a Cuba will be removed from county school library shelves. It's a complicated and sensitive issue but one I think a lot of my fellow Cuban-Americans are wrong about. Unfortunately our critics will use this against us in bolstering their arguments that Cuban-Americans are reactionary Nazi's.

Don't believe me? Look at this quote from a jackass school board member:

Board member Robert Ingram said he only supported the ban out of fear for his family's safety and to invite a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

"There's a passion of hate,'' Ingram said. "I can't vote my conscience without feeling threatened -- that should never happen in this community any more.''
This idiot said he basically didn't have the COJONES to follow what he thought was right. You know what I have to say to you Mr. Ingram, you are the biggest FUCKING ASSHOLE on the face of the earth. You sit there and vote one way and then say you would have voted another way but you felt threatened just so you could smear Cuban-Americans. Well 3 other board members had courage to vote for what they believed in. PUSSY. But I suspect it has more to do with the ACLU filing suit than any threat which makes you a DOUBLE PUSSY. Do you your job and shut your fucking pie hole!

Great another propaganda victory for the communists while the world ignores what's going on with people like Guillermo Fariñas and Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.


ziva said...

Conductor, yes the critics will use this as fodder against the community but fighting for its removal was the right thing to do. If this were a book whitewashing the clan or the nazis no one would even question removing it but because it's open season for hating Cubans they have to resort to extreme measures to to remove a book that should never have been there in the first place. Anyone who wants to read the book can do so for free at the Public Library. The school is an educational institution for our children and has a responsibility to provide accurate learning material.

Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

My argument is not based on what others will think. That's just a nasty bi-product. I'm just a libertarian at heart and I think this whole this much ado about nothing. That book sat there on the shelves for 5 years and probably not a single person looked at it. We've brought attention to it, made it's author a hero and made ourselves look like hypocrites.

Robert said...

I have an uneasy feeling about the ruling.

I think us Cuban-Americans have the tendency to be a little too idealistic at times. Believe me, I say this while looking at myself in the mirror. Yes, those in favor of the ban are idealistically correct and have good intentions. But, as Conductor correctly wrote, all this does is provide even more ammunition for the Cuban-haters out there. We have to learn how to pick our battles better.

As I mentioned in my 26th Parallel post this morning, Ingram is a spineless asshole.

Srcohiba said...

By banning any book, no matter how unpopular, that makes us no better than Fidel. The PC crowd used the same arguments in getting books like "The Adventures of Huck Finn" banned because it used the "N" word; they've banned Catcher in the Rye becuase of profanity. This is nothing but a kid book to teach reading. First graders do not understand politics. My son as bright as he is doesn't know anything about governments and politics. Even if I were to tell him about it, he'd forget it as he has his own interests, namely sports and summer fun. This is an overreaction. If anyone can show me a 6 year old who could truly understand the tenets of totalitarian governments, then God bless them.

If everyone who was offended by books had their way, then there'd be no books at all in the library.

Of course what will happen now is that a lawsuit will be filed. The plaintiffs will win. The school board will end up spending tens of thousands of dollars and perhaps more defending it and paying off the other side and their attorneys. The act is without a doubt a first amendment violation. Politicians are so stupid sometimes, it amazes me.

Totalitarian systems fear words of dissent more than they fear weapons. We should embrace dissent and engage in debate.

ziva said...

I'm sorry, but I just don't see removing a book from a school library, one for children as "banning" a book. If it were the Public Library then I'd agree with you. A banned book is one that is not available, as in Cuba. This book is not banned, just removed from school curriculum. Not the same thing.

benning said...

School books are not the same as Public Library books, nor are they the same as books available in bookstores. What the Lefties want to teach our children is not always good. This book is fine for adults whose minds are already formed and can handle its stupidity.

To throw this in front of elementary school children is to teach them lies. The book wasn't banned but removed from an improper place.