The Color Purple is a novel by Alice Walker that was published in 1982. It is a coming of age story about Celie, an African-American girl living in rural Georgia during the early part of the 20th century. The book has been banned for many reasons, including its depictions of rape and abuse.
This novel has been criticized for its graphic depiction of rape and abuse. The book includes an intense scene in which Celie’s sister-in-law rapes her while her husband holds her down. Some critics say this scene is too graphic for children to read and could trigger traumatic memories in victims of abuse.
The book was banned at several schools and libraries across the country because of these reasons. Many parents objected to having their children exposed to such graphic content without any warning or preparation from teachers or librarians first.
The novel has also been criticized for its use of profanity and violence. The Color Purple includes several scenes involving gang rape, incest and domestic violence that some people find offensive or inappropriate for younger readers.
Some school boards banned The Color Purple from classrooms entirely because they felt it was inappropriate reading material given how young most students were when they first read it during middle school or high school English classes.