We have officially entered the twilight zone, folks. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “To Kill A MockingBird,” an all-time classic which chronicles a white lawyer defending a black man accused of assaulting a white woman in Alabama during the 1930s, has been removed from a school’s reading list in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Why? Because, in today’s society, it isn’t politically correct enough.
Per The Telegraph:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s American classic about racism in the U.S., has been taken off a Mississippi school’s reading list because it was making “people uncomfortable”.
Biloxi school administrators made the decision to withdraw it from the 8th-grade curriculum after receiving complaints about the language in the book.
Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told the Sun Herald: “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with another book”.
What makes “To Kill A Mockingbird” uncomfortable for some readers, according to the paper, is the book’s use of a derogatory term aimed at blacks, especially by…well, racists in Alabama during the 1930s. Imagine that.
The newspaper quoted a “concerned reader” who said the decision was made “mid-lesson plan”.
“The students will not be allowed to finish the reading of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ …. due to the use of the ‘N’ word.
Interestingly enough, Lee’s book is not the first classic to come under fire for use of the ‘N’ word. In fact, Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man,” Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” all contain it. –
And speaking of Mark Twain (via CBSnews.com)…
From the moment it was published in 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” caused controversy. It challenged authority, poked fun at religion and was accused of leading children astray. What’s surprising is that 125 years later, Huckleberry Finn is still making news.
Today there are school districts in America that ban this American classic for one reason – one word: “n—-r,” a word so offensive it’s usually called the “N-word.”
As we first reported in March, a publishing company in Alabama says that schools don’t have to change their reading list because they changed Huckleberry Finn. Their newly released edition removes the N-word and replaces it with “slave.” It’s a bold move for what is considered one of the greatest works in American literature.
Sad times, I tell you. But this is the world we live in. One in which rap culture can use offensive explicit language (including the ‘N’ word – or at least today’s version of it) as it pleases and without any consequences, while classic American novels are stripped away of all things offensive.