Perhaps if author Harper Lee were alive today she would be inspired to write a novel about today’s politically correct culture titled “To Kill American Literature.”
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.
However, despite its success, “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been found unworthy to sit on the reading list for a school in Biloxi, Mississippi.
According to 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.
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.”
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.
Meanwhile, it is considered quite appropriate to read “I Am Jazz” “to a classroom of 5-year-olds during a ‘transgender reveal party‘”
Perhaps these authors need to bypass this controversy by taking a cue from today’s rappers and replacing the n-word with a word sounding and spelled similarly but for some reason is not normally considered offensive.
After all, “Nigga Jim” does have a certain ring to it.