Listen, i'm working on something for school and my teacher said I should contact you and ask you something you should most definitely have an opinion about.
What are your views on the unnecessary censoring of children's cartoons, comics, and 20th century books? Do you believe the parents are being too censor-happy with some of these, or do you support their decision?
Examples: To Kill a Mockingbird was banned from schools because it "promotes white supremacy" when actually, it doesn't.
Derpy Hooves has been edited in My Little Pony because she was "offensive to the disabled" when actually, she ISN'T.
Writers and artists are being shunned or forced to edit their work.
Please respond to this ASAP. It would be nice to hear a comic artist's argument."
A fast answer is that I'm firmly against "unnecessary" censorship, as you put it, especially in regards to children's/all ages/20th and 21st century entertainment.
However, it requires a longer answer that I will attempt to keep brief.
It's important to control what ideas and content a younger audience is exposed to. That is without question. We as a society determine a basic guideline or set of rules for what is appropriate for certain age groups, or certain material, and creators must be held accountable to craft entertainment within those parameters.
But as you've pointed out, often the material censored is a victim to an overzealous effort that does not understand the content its stripping. Knee-jerk reactions are too often acted on without a sincere effort to understand the property or its audience.
Steve Pinker addresses a topic that relates to this in his book 'Better angels of our nature', specifically the section 'CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND THE DECLINE OF INFANTICIDE, SPANKING, CHILD ABUSE, AND BULLYING'. Here is a quote that I think is particularly helpful-
"The movement over the past two centuries to increase the valuation of children’s lives is one of the great moral advances in history. But the movement over the past two decades to increase the valuation to infinity can lead only to absurdities. "
Unnecessary censorship is one of these absurdities.
Children are young humans observing and learning how to react to the world around them. What older humans need is an honest and rational discussion about what is acceptable for a contemporary young audience.
We need to admit that a full-scale whitewashing of all the unpleasant truths and difficult ideas that make up our reality is not healthy for developing humans.
We need to engage developing minds on moral and intellectual ground with these topics. For example, explain and converse with them on why something is no longer acceptable in our culture, such as racism. Or that some humans are born or develop physical and mental disabilities, then attempt to help them understand how this affects their lives.
With a firm understanding of these topics, young minds can absorb, understand, and appreciate these representations of their reality in entertainment.
No good can from an ignorant populace!
Thanks for asking!