In the book Fahrenheit 451, the citizens of

In the book Fahrenheit 451, the citizens of their city took away books so people wouldn’t be offended. They chose to take away all books instead of letting the people have the responsibility to choose what they could handle. In the United States today, people are offended by things said, done, or any history about their religion, race, or gender. In real life, the United States is being forced to take down statues, choose their clothes/ words carefully, and changing buildings to accommodate to everyone’s feelings. People now are commonly offended by the word Christmas, halloween costumes, and Confederate statues. The characters in Fahrenheit 451 chose to remove all books, so no one would be offended. It later led to even more rules and more problems. The most well-known religious holiday of the year, Christmas, offends people. “There are secular forces in our country that hate Christmas because the word itself is a reminder of Jesus Christ” (Stack). People of other religions want Christians to say, “Happy Holidays!” All because the word Christmas refers to Christ. Brad Paisley even wrote a song about it, “Haven’t you heard guys? You can’t say Chri-biip-mas you gotta say Holiday/ I can’t say Chri-biip-mas?” (Brad). Brad Paisley wrote the song to mess with the people get offended so easily. The citizens of Fahrenheit 451, eliminated all books, including Christmas books and stories for the people who didn’t celebrate Christmas. Halloween was once a fun holiday for kids to  dress up as their favorite movie character, superhero, or celebrity. Today, people are offended by some costumes that are a different race, religion, weight, or sexist. “Some common Halloween costumes simply take it to far and can become racist, misogynistic, or downright insensitive” (Heller). Instead of laughing off a funny costume, people have started to take them too seriously. A new Disney movie was released last year, Moana. Of course, all the little girls would want to dress up as the new Polynesian princess! And, why would a four year old purposely offend a race that they don’t even know exists? “The girl is amazing. Just don’t, for the love of everything, darken your skin to look like a Moana character under any means” (Price). Being personally offended by a costume is not a reason to eliminate the holiday completely. In Fahrenheit 451, there was no speaking  of any holidays, the characters in the book felt it was better for their city.  Other than Christmas and Halloween costumes, people in the United States are offended by Confederate Statues. “Confederate monuments are symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-nazism” (Cardona). Because of racial controversy, cities and universities are beginning to remove the Confederate statues. African Americans consider the statues offensive because their ancestors were the slaves at the time. “Civil War history is important, but it belongs in textbooks and museums- not a place of allegiance on our capitol grounds” (Silva). By taking down the statue of the person, it will not remove them from history. History would have played out the same and the United States still would have become what it is today. Citizens of the United States cannot rewrite history because it offends them. At the end of Fahrenheit 451, the city was bombed. The people never spoke of the war before the bombing  happened. They chose to ignore it because they knew it would upset the city to think about the war. History is studied so the citizens can learn from it and not repeat the same mistakes. Rather than spending time, money and creating conflict by tearing down statues; the United States could be helping fight current day slavery.Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, created a world where there were no books in hope of no citizens getting offended. In his book, the government character took all books away before the people began to get angry and offended. In Fahrenheit 451, having no books caused the characters to have no knowledge of life with books. Knowledge is power. A better understanding of Christmas, Halloween and American history can help people be more accepting of others.