Living in an era stuffed to the gills with political correctness naturally means you see a lot of dumb things get censored, while seeing even dumber things get heaps of praise, a phenomenon most clearly seen in the atrociously liberal public education system.
Apparently the classic anti-racism novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, has been yanked from the reading list of a Mississippi school district due to the fact it has a word in it that “makes people feel uncomfortable.”
What word got the book put on the naughty list? The “N-word.” Wait a minute. The “N-word” makes people uncomfortable? Duh. It SHOULD make people uncomfortable. It’s a horrible name meant to degrade someone based on their race. It’s supposed to make you feel like crap when you hear it.
That was the whole point behind Harper Lee using it to begin with, to accurately illustrate the bigotry of the time, to show that sort of thinking was wrong.
We now inhabit a time in history when teachers can talk to kids about the different ways to have sex, how to put on condoms, how it’s okay for boys to kiss boys or girls to use the boy’s bathroom or be called by “gender neutral” pronouns, and yet frank, real discussions about racism in our nation’s past is considered “uncomfortable.”
via The Daily Wire:
Biloxi School Board’s vice president Kenny Holloway claimed to have received complaints about the American classic:
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. It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.
The removal of the book was an administrative decision rather than one prompted by the school board.
Use of the n-word in To Kill a Mockingbird was cited as the cause of the complaints, according to an email sent to Sun Herald from a “concerned reader”; the reader added:
I think it is one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard, in that the themes in the story humanize all people regardless of their social status, education level, intellect, and of course, race. It would be difficult to find a time when it was more relevant than in days like these.
The sheer stupidity of this school’s choice to remove a book such as this is beyond my current level of comprehension. The themes in the book specifically deal with the pursuit of racial equality and justice.
How can you illustrate the necessity of such a concept without first demonstrating the wickedness, the vileness of racism itself? Accurately portraying the conditions black people suffered under and had to overcome should make us “uncomfortable.” It’s pitiful our society ever treated human beings in such a manner.
However, discomfort doesn’t erase the truth, and the truth is, people were and sometimes are, still called derogatory names. This was the reality for many folks back in the day and we shouldn’t shy away from teaching kids that this is how things were. They need to see the progress we’ve made in this area, and to understand the depth of evil that exists in the world.
This school needs to reverse their decision and put this book back on the list. Their students will become better people for having read it.