Newsweek recently reported that a handful of schools in Burbank, California will be pulling classic novels off the shelves. Teachers will no longer be able to teach Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Theodore Taylor’s The Cay and Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry following concerns raised by parents over racist themes. Is this part of pushing Joe Biden more to the left?
How Did It Start:
It started with a parent who complained that her daughter, Destiny, was approached by a white student who was using the N-word as a racial taunt. His excuse was that he’d read the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Another boy also used the book as an excuse to tell Destiny that his family used to own her family and then demanded a dollar from her. A few parents then challenged the novels for “alleged potential harm.”
The radical left really believes that banning “racist literature and music” will surely help end racism. These books, which were once treasured in literary curriculums, are no longer allowed to be taught in a classroom setting. Kids can still check them out of the library and read them, but there is something truly lost when a child reads on their own compared to being shared the story in a classroom and talk about it amongst peers.
Liberals argued that there’s no counter-narrative to black people dealing with racism besides a “white person” saving them in a novel. Conservatives argue that the reading material is essential for introducing major conversations about history and discussions about race. It seems to be that the few affect the majority and the majority has no say in it. The entire community should decide its curriculum, not a handful of complaining parents.
“Blocking engagement with these important books is also avoiding the important role that schools can and should play in providing context for why these books inspire and challenge us still today,” read a letter from The National Coalition Against Censorship. The NCAC is a non-profit organization that defends every American’s right to think, create, and explore new ideas.
Freedom of thought is critical to freedom itself. History repeats itself when we don’t learn from it, but the radical left does not fear mistakes. If anything, they are openly welcoming it. There is not a book today that shows disdain for racism as much as To Kill a Mockingbird – and now kids can’t even learn about it. Did no one read 1984?
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