Two weeks ago I reported that Harper Lee’s superb novel To Kill a Mockingbird was removed from the eighth-grade curriculum of Biloxi, Mississippi after some parents complained that it contained the word “nigger”. (I can’t bear to write “the n-word” since everybody fills it in mentally anyway.) There were also reports about students laughing in class at it, but I can’t quite fathom what happened.
Such a mentality, of course, would also prohibit any number of older books, including Huckleberry Finn and a substantial amount of Faulkner (I just read some Faulkner yesterday containing the word). Statues glorifying the Confederacy are one thing, but censoring great books because they used the language of the time is another, and the decision was ridiculous. Students hear that word all the time anyway, and surely know how it was used in the days when racism was pervasive.
At any rate, according to…
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