I was going to write about something else today. I do have posts lined up after all. But this…this man’s reaction to something he clearly doesn’t get…makes me want to scream.
Speak deals with bullying and rape. It is a strong book on the fall of a young woman in her society (high school) and terrible abuse behind her fall.
Wesley Scroggins thinks it’s soft porn.
First of all I’d be wary of any teacher, leader or joe-on-the-street that things rape is soft porn. Second porn is the farthest thing from this books theme, plot or character development.
He’s clearly looking of any excuse to ban books, an already deplorable practice. His larger religious agenda is not only suspect but dangerous. Removing cautionary literature from shelves because he gets a rise out of it is sick and makes his position as a community leader untrustworthy.
I read Speak in college as part of a YA course I took during my last year. It spoke to my own experience in high school as well showed how the threat of alienation and separation not only hurts a person but also can lead to dangerous circumstances.
Keep Speak on the shelves.