Banned Book: The Color Purple

Banned Book: The Color Purple

11×17″ Mixed Media

Part five of a seven part series paying tribute to authors whose works were banned or challenged by educational institutions over the years. The Color Purple has become a permanent fixture to American Literature and American history. The realism, suffering and tackling of difficult subject matters has repeatedly put this book on the challenged or banned list. However, it also reflects the strength of women fighting for survival and finding their voice. Many people focus on the negative, especially when banning books, but for healing and growth one must go through the bad to get to what’s good. Alice Walker herself stated in an interview with Guernica Magazine,

Great Literature is help for humans. It is medicine of the highest order. In a more aware culture, writers would be considered priests.

I highly recommend a full read of this excellent interview. Alice Walker: Writing What’s Write, by Megan Labrise, Guernica Magazine.

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The complete text reads:
The Color Purple
By Alice Walker


The Color Purple is one of the most emotionally engaging novels that follows the southern life of the main character, Celie, through her letters. The book has been adapted for stage and screen and has met its fair share of bannings and challenges due to topics of rape and incest. It is most often challenged due to violence, sexual explicitness, profanity, human sexuality, sexism and racism. Reflecting the consequences of American imperialism and slavery, it is considered an accurate depiction of black life in the rural South at that time.

Highlighted Quote:
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”


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