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LeVar Burton says people who ban books are “dirtbags.”

Corinne Segal

September 15, 2022, 11:23am

In case you needed a strong reminder that banning books is wrong—or extra motivation to read the books that have recently been targeted—LeVar Burton is here for you.

During a recent appearance at Rose City Comic Com in Portland, Oregon, Burton addressed the subject in response to a question from an audience member who asked for his feelings on it. He responded:

I’ve been very, very, very clear about my position. And I’ve been very vocal. Read the banned books, ya’ll. If they don’t want you to read it, there’s a reason why. So read the books they don’t want you to read. And in terms of the conversation … I’ll go ahead and be generous and call it a conversation … the conversation that we’re having around school curriculum and what is erroneously being referred to as critical race theory, you outta be ashamed of yourself. Not because your position is indicative of how much of a dirtbag you are—and it is—but that’s not the reason you should be ashamed of yourself. You should be ashamed of yourself for not respecting your children enough to understand basic human values.

Thanks to We Got This Covered, who documented the exchange.

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