Virginia schools ban ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Huckleberry Finn’ for racial slurs

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WPXI 11 News – by Brianna Chambers

A Virginia school has temporarily banned two American classics after a parent said her high school-age son was negatively impacted by the racial slurs they contain.

The decision to remove “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain and “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee came after a parent filed a complaint, WAVY reported. The parent cited excessive racial slurs as the reason for wanting the books banned, Superintendent Warren Holland told the news station.  

The parent, whose son is biracial, said that her concerns are “not even just a black and white thing.”

“I keep hearing, ‘This is a classic, This is a classic,’ … I understand this is a literature classic. But at some point, I feel that children will not — or do not — truly get the classic part — the literature part, which I’m not disputing,” she said at a Nov. 15 school board meeting. “This is great literature. But there (are so many) racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get past that.”

The parent said her son, who was reading “Huckleberry Finn” for a high school assignment, couldn’t get past a certain page in that story on which the N-word appeared seven times.

A racial slur appears 219 times in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and 48 times in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“So what are we teaching our children? We’re validating that these words are acceptable, and they are not acceptable by (any) means,” the parent said, also noting psychological effects language has on children. “There is other literature they can use.”

The parent proposed a committee made up of parents and teachers of different cultural backgrounds come up with a list of books that are inclusive for all students. She also offered to donate books and raise funds in the case of budgetary concerns.

The complaint, which was “a request for reconsideration of learning resources,” will go before a committee made up of a principal, librarian, teacher, parent and potentially others, according to WCMH. The committee will then make a recommendation to the superintendent.

Holland said that there is no set date for when the recommendation will be made.

Read more at WAVY.

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9 thoughts on “Virginia schools ban ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Huckleberry Finn’ for racial slurs

  1. Don’t you hate it when some “holier than thou” azzhole imposes their beliefs upon all of us?

    “Yes, let’s ban all of the literary classics you’re offended by.” I’m offended by how easily this Virginia School Board agreed with this insanity.

    1. Yes, Millard, I do hate it. Apart from the stupid childishness of not being able to look past a word, especially considering the historical context in which it was used, I see no reason why this parent can’t simply be told: “If your son doesn’t want to read it, then he doesn’t have to. The rest of the students will do so without him.” Why the need to ban it for ALL the students? That’s asinine.

  2. OK….. IM 56…….. IVE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS TYPE BULLSHIT ALL MY LIFE, AND ITS ONLY GOTTEN WORSE…………….IVE NEVER BEEN SO DISAPPOINTED IN MAN, AS IN THE LAST 25 YEARS,. IS ALL THAT IS LEFT ON EARTH THE SPAWN OF DEVILS???

  3. Well I guess racial thoughts and with the old divide and concur aren’t part of our history.
    Here ya go.. bitches.
    NIGGER
    CRACKER
    CHINK
    JAP
    HONKIE
    KIKE
    BEANER
    DEIGO
    WAP….
    Oh … fk…
    I forgot the injuns…… plus the…
    Left handed ass wiping Muslims.
    My apologies. .. I don’t want you to feel left out.
    Yellows…
    Browns..
    Whites….
    FK all of you.
    Just be glad it’s not up to me.
    I’m sorry..people.
    Butt this world needs to be rebooted.
    Ctrl…Alt…..DELETE.

    1. More like this planet needs an enima

      Sometimes I just wish the world would stop spinning just for 1 second and all the jerkass people would fly off into space

  4. If I’m not mistaken, in Mark Twain’s day the word “nigger” was not considered pejorative. It was simply a variation of “Negro.” That’s why Twain’s protagonists used “nigger” to refer to Jim, who was their friend.

    *** A Virginia school has temporarily banned two American classics after a parent said her high school-age son was negatively impacted by the racial slurs they contain. ***

    If your son is such a weak little crybaby that he can’t rise above a word, he’s going to have real problems in life, especially once mommy isn’t there to protect him.

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