To Kill A Mockingbird' Banned From Schools After Mother Complains About Racist Language

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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Did you enjoy reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ when you were young? Well, kids these days won’t have that opportunity to read these books--at least not in Virginia schools. Why? because a parent complained about their racial language.

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Marie Rothstein-Williams,the mother of a biracial teenager, made a formal complaint to the Accomack County public schools board that her son struggled to read the racial language. ‘There’s so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can’t get past that,’ she said.

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She also used the current political state of the US to get her point across. ‘Right now, we are a nation divided as it is,’ she told the board. ‘What are we teaching our children?’ she added. ‘We’re validating that these words are acceptable. They are not acceptable. Truly we are divided. We will lose our children if we continue to say that this is okay, that we validate these words when we should not.’

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And even though there still hasn’t been any permanent ruling, the books have already been removed from classrooms in the district, a move the National Coalition Against Censorship describes as ‘particularly egregious,’ reports The Guardian.

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She also used the current political state of the US to get her point across. ‘Right now, we are a nation divided as it is,’ she told the board. ‘What are we teaching our children?’ she added. ‘We’re validating that these words are acceptable. They are not acceptable. Truly we are divided. We will lose our children if we continue to say that this is okay, that we validate these words when we should not.’

And even though there still hasn’t been any permanent ruling, the books have already been removed from classrooms in the district, a move the National Coalition Against Censorship describes as ‘particularly egregious,’ reports The Guardian.

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