While racial tensions are high, it seems one parent’s ploy is to pull the talk of race from her son’s school district — even if it deals with injustice.
— Accomac, Virginia
During an era similar to this one, To Kill a Mockingbird discussed a “white version” of what racial injustice looked like.
It didn’t really show the true, ugly nature of the time period, as Blacks too-often experienced it.
Racial injustice ran rampant in America, and all kinds of heinous crimes were committed against Blacks — even false accusations that cost innocent Blacks their lives.
All the world's problems would be solved if everyone just read To Kill a Mockingbird again. pic.twitter.com/PJVkOxGcJp
— Houston 📽 (@Blockbustedpod) January 27, 2017
In case you don’t know, Emmett Till‘s accuser recently — within the last decade — came clean and said she lied about the incident.
‘What are we teaching our children?’
In the Accomack County School District, Marie Rothstein-Williams filed a formal complaint with the district after her child struggled to read through the racial literature.
To Kill a Mockingbird removed from Virginia schools for racist language https://t.co/WZfdeNYkHZ
— Fran Kruise (@FranKruise) February 1, 2017
According to Providr, her child is biracial, and although she’d like to read the piece, it just seems too difficult.
“There’s so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can’t get [passed] that.”
The parent also used current events as support for her argument regarding race relations.
“Right now, we are a nation divided as it is. What are we teaching our children? 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.”
While the source notes there hasn’t been a permanent decision made about the parent’s complaint to remove the literature from the system, it says the books have already been taken away from students within the district.
Fighting Censorship of Real History
The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) says it’s fighting the complaint and action with a letter of its own.
According to the NCAC, it makes the case that the book shows a look into American History, which would otherwise be covered up or sugarcoated.
And, while it may be discomforting for some, it’s necessary and should remain in the school system, under instructor guidance.
— Scott (@scott_ruminates) January 22, 2017
The organization states that the book is a way students can engage in these types of talks, in order to gain a further understanding of America’s past.
If you don’t fully understand the past, you won’t recognize progress when you see it. And likewise, you won’t recognize retrogression either.
All in all, what are your thoughts on the book’s ban? Feel free to share in the comments below.
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