After reading about the witch-hunt occurring that happened (or is still happening?) in LA, I decided I should write something about it. A friend of mine mimicked the voice of McCarthy asking if someone was a communist, and I decided to run with the theme. Enjoy.
McCarthy: Welcome today to this round of hearings. We are here today to talk to Librarian in her involvement in the TLA. Good morning Librarian.
Librarian: Good morning.
McCarthy: Librarian, I have one important question to ask: Are you now or have you ever been a member of a public library?
Librarian: No, sir.
McCarthy: Number two, have you ever belonged to any public institution that has been involved in the subversive distribution of books, for free?
Librarian: No, sir.
McCarthy: Librarian, Could you give us the names of the organizations to which you have belonged?
Librarian: I don’t belong to any at this time, as far as I know. And the organizations that I have belonged to were—there was a psychology club at Berkley.
McCarthy: Librarian, I would like to now direct you to this photo. Could you tell me who is in this photo?
Librarian: It looks like me and my son.
McCarthy: Librarian, this photo was taken 2 weeks ago outside the LA Public Library by some of our investigators. Could you tell me what you are carrying in your hands?
Librarian: It looks like some books.
McCarthy: Yes, books! Librarian, does it stand to reason that if you are outside the LA Public Library, carrying some books, that you got those books from the library?
Librarian: Ye….ss. (stammered out)
McCarthy: Librarian, is it not true that you are a teacher librarian, a specialist in the subversive act of handing out books full of possibly unsanctioned material to students, and that you teach them the coersive act of reading and learning? Learning to think critically, even??? Maybe you even taught them that they can’t just Google everything? That they should read Wikipedia critically and check their sources? Would you say that it is possible that some false teaching may have occurred in your role as a librarian? Have you been lying to this committee? (raising volume of voice as the questions are continued).
Librarian: Yes. I’m so sorry! (sobbing) I’m a credentialed teacher librarian.
McCarthy: When was the last time you taught a course for which your librarian credential was not required?
Librarian: I’m not sure what you’re asking, I teach all subjects, all day. In the library. (starts to act more self-confident).
McCarthy: Do you take attendance? Do you issue grades?
Librarian: I wish to invoke my fifth amendment rights. (softly)
Librarian: I wish to invoke my fifth amendment rights. (louder, and more boldly)
McCarthy: You don’t have any fifth amendment rights! This isn’t a real trial! This is just a tribunal so that we can expose you teacher librarians as false teachers, as corrupters of our youth! Your kind of filth is what’s wrong with our society! Helping our youth find their own voice, find their own identity, sharing resources that will destroy their minds, and make them believe they have power! Bailiff, take her away!
You can watch a clip from the original McCarthy trials here.