Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 16th, 2017
Authors of great American literary classics are rolling over in their graves, thanks to America becoming a Snowflake Nation.
If author Harper Lee were alive today she would be losing her mind over the fact the latest generation becomes so offended by words used in a historical context.
Her novel “To Kill A MockingBird,” which chronicles a white lawyer defending a black man accused of assaulting a white woman in Alabama during the 1930s, was published in 1960 to great laudation, winning the Pulitzer Prize the following year.
Unfortunately, local officials in Missippi, worried more about feelings than history and good literature to educate their students, have decided to remove “To Kill A Mockingbird” from their reading list.
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.
Ms. Lee’s book is not the first classic to be banned for a similar reason: Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man,” Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and others have faced obstacles due in part of their use of that word.
Even Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” – usually considered one of the greatest American novels of all time – has faced its obstacles, as per 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.”
Meanwhile, it is considered quite appropriate to read “I Am Jazz” “to a classroom of 5-year-olds during a ‘transgender reveal party‘”
Life in a snowflake nation… What a pathetic sight it is.
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