Dec 06, 2016 8:09PM
'To Kill A Mockingbird' Removed From School Curriculum Due To Racial Slurs
Remember it's a sin.
A pivotal read in almost everyone's schooling history has been Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. So its a hard knock to learn that the parent of a biracial child has called for its removal due to the racist language it contains.
"There's so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can't get past that," The mother told the Accomack County, Virginia public schools board. "Right now, we are a nation divided as it is."
Also on the list was Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which, along with Mockingbird, has also been removed from some schools in the Virginia district. But this isn't a permanent ban.
The National Coalition Against Censorship described the decision as "particularly egregious" and say "by avoiding discussion of controversial issues such as racism, schools do a great disservice to their students."
The NCAC plan to send a letter to the Virginia school board, detailing that "each book enables readers to gain a historical understanding of race relations in America and invites them to examine race in the present day. Although discomforting to some, the racial slurs realistically depict American history and should be addressed under the guidance of a teacher."