Young adults in Mississippi have had yet another classic American novel taken off of their library shelves.
A Mississippi middle-school has pulled “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its curriculum.
According to the Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi, the Biloxi School District took the indelible story off of its reading list after it received complaints about the “N” word’s usage in the book.
Officials say that the word used in the book makes people “uncomfortable.”
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“There were complaints about it,” Kenny Holloway, vice president of the district’s school board, told the newspaper. “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.”
“It’s still in our library,” he added. “But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”
The 1960 novel deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town during the 1930s, and uses racial slurs at times. The book won Lee the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and has long been a staple in classrooms across the country.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is listed on the Biloxi School District’s website as a core text for eighth grade English Language Arts.
In a statement to the Sun Herald, Superintendent Arthur McMillan said that there are other materials available to teach state academic standards.
Which beautiful American work of art will bite the dust next?