School district dumps To Kill a Mockingbird because of complaints


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The coming dark age: A Mississippi school district has removed To Kill a Mockingbird from its reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.”

“To Kill a Mockingbird” has a long history atop banned books lists, but here’s a new reason: the 20th century classic about racism in small-town Alabama “makes people uncomfortable.”

The Biloxi School District in Mississippi removed the novel by Harper Lee from an eighth-grade reading list after receiving complaints about the book’s language, the Biloxi Sun Herald reported. “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” school board vice president Kenny Holloway told the paper.

I suspect the complaints were because the book used the slang for blacks common at the time and historically correct but absolutely banned from use today. The people complaining probably never read the book, and also likely haven’t the faintest idea what it is about. Worse, for the school board VP to go along with this ignorance is shameful.

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7 comments

  • Joe

    Educated does not mean smart!

  • School boards are elected positions. Just sayin’.

  • Cotour

    Figures, that’s my favorite book, beautifully written, I probably read it at least 3 times.

    Nothing wrong with me, never made me “uncomfortable”, but I do make others uncomfortable, maybe there’s a correlation? Nah.

  • eddie willers

    but absolutely banned from use today

    Rap music shows that it is selective outrage.

  • Tommy Donohue

    Mr. Halloway’s comment, ..”and we can teach the same lesson with other books” ought to scare the heck out of anyone who has read Fahrenheit 451. He may not be throwing the match but he is surely enabling the ones who will.

  • wayne

    Tommy-
    excellent cultural reference!
    (He is throwing the match.)

    Fahrenheit 451
    opening intro
    https://youtu.be/x9iyKI2pJbE
    5:33

  • Chris

    This is what I expect (but not hope for) when I hear the phrase
    “We need to discuss race relations” What I have found to be the reality of this phrase is that only the discussion desired by one side is acceptable.
    As with To Kill a Mocking Bird the discussion is uncomfortable – it should be. Everyone should be uncomfortable in these discussions but should face the subject matter. We should confront it with open, honest and true discussion – not with effective censorship.

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