Last updated on April 3, 2023
Letter to the Editor:
When I moved to Macon County a few years back, one of the things that stood out to me is what a wonderful place it is to raise a family; we could finish raising our daughter in a small town without many of the concerns we were facing at the timewhile living in a larger metropolitan area. There is an exchange. The healthcare system is a bit lacking, services like heat, air, cable etc. called for more of a wait time than we were used to,but it was worth the move for us. We have loved every minute.
We noticed right away children’s needs in the community were very important. There has been a big push for the skate park, we need a new high school, the sports programs are top notch and community members are so passionate about advancing and involving themselves the many subjects surrounding our youth! When the issues arose concerning the health and well being of our kids regarding inappropriate books being available at the library, many people stood in the gap for our children. Parentsare concerned and have that right. Sexualization of children is not a partisan issue. No matter what party you belong to, what your personal beliefs are, how you identify, sexualizing children is wrong and should be regarded as such.
I don’t believe the majority of people realize what’s in these books. Many are literally depicting child pornography, which is illegal by the way. Unless you have researched these books and read them, there is no way you will understand any of what’s being discussed. These aren’t traditional ‘banned’ books; not even remotely comparable to Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Color Purple… I completely understand how imperative it is for people to get the information they needon all subjects, but this literature is universally depraved. There are many counties, cities and states removing the books in question from circulation for a variety reasons; some are deemed inappropriate for the age range they were written for, some because they are pornographic. Many of the books in question (multiple graphic novels depicting sex between children and/or sex between children and adults) are available in the adult/ young adult section of the library, and more books sexualizing children are being added to those sections, as well as the children’s section on a regular basis. If you weren’t aware, young adult is considered 12 – 18 years old.
Have you wondered why nobody will add pictures, descriptions, or excerpts of these books when they write articles?
The citizens showing up to our meetings and writing in aren’t against any person or group, we’re against an agenda we know to be threatening our families. Most of us have friends and family members that we love dearly and identify in many ways who are also appalled at the materials being geared towards the sexualization of children. We’re not against the library. Our library has some amazing people and programs!! We are concerned about the constant push to put sexual material into the hands of children, and the library being used as a vehicle to do that. This is not an acute situation. When parents went to voice valid concerns to the library board, time and again they were ignored or brushed aside and consistently made to feel as if their voice didn’t matter over the last few years. Their concerns were not addressed at all. Parents demand transparency, and when they were denied that they started digging and educating themselves about what they were up against. We are but one of many counties going through the same thing.
There is a plan being directed towards children that spans the nation. I believe many parents are concerned about the local library furthering this agenda with drag queen story hour, kinky boots, and many other ‘family friendly’ events, and are trying to stay ahead of it so this doesn’t become an issue in our town. These events are regularly happening in most states already, including NC.
So much is being done behind closed doors that we don’t know about by people in power that affect every aspect of our lives. If there’s anything we’ve learned the last few years, it’s that you must hold those people accountable. Who we vote for in local government is just as important, if not more important that who we vote for nationally. We want citizens in office who care about the people, uphold our values and work toward the things we desperately need in Macon County. Our County Commissioners and other local government are voted in by a majority of voters. One glance at their last agenda shows they are discussing fiber options, budget, skate park, senior center, transportation, and more. The Commissioners and leaders in our community canwork on multiple issues simultaneously, this is one of so many.
I think sometimes we forget it’s okay to disagree on things and not hate each other. The polarization at play on every level in our nation is just incredible. We can have discussions instead of arguments; I believe we have more common ground with one another than we realize.
There are fundamental issues we all agree on and keeping our children from being sexualized at any age should be one of them.