MS district removes 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from reading list

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It was an administrative and department decision, a member of the school board said, and not something that the school board voted on. Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons.

"There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students. We always strive to do what is best for our students and staff to continue to perform at the highest level", Superintendent Arthur McMillan said.

McMillan did not answer any questions on the issue.

"Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbird spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners".

'It would be hard to find a time when it was more relevant than in days like these'.


The novel, which addresses racism and the American south in the early-to-mid 20th century, has been pulled from the junior-high reading list in the Biloxi district of MS because of its use of the N-word. Because the book was written decades before political correctness was conceived, it will be banned from being taught for 8th grade English Language Arts and replaced with sanitized literature less likely to challenge the sensibilities of the children.

The novel, published in 1960, chronicled the adventures of Jean Louise Finch aka Scout and her brother Jeremy aka Jem and the racial inequality that existed in their small Alabama town.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is set in the 1930s and contains racially derogatory language that was common at that time.

As Mashable points out, Lee wrote a letter to a school district who banned her early draft of the book back in 1966, and its message still stands today.

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