October 17, 2017

Mississippi educrats ban “To Kill a Mockingbird” for “offensive” word

David MenziesMission Specialist

There’s nothing new about school boards banning books from the curriculum, but one board has decided that To Kill a Mockingbird has to go because the very important themes dealt with make some people “uncomfortable.”

Yet another sign that we live in an increasingly bubble-wrapped society where we immediately remove something if it “triggers” somebody.

Rather than have a discussion, the knee-jerk reaction is to banish the trigger.

Watch as I share with you this latest case which comes via the the Biloxi School District where after receiving complaints about a certain word in the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the school board has decided to yank it.

But apparently critical thinking is also under the ban in Biloxi, and so it is that this Mississippi school board becomes the latest to ban a classic piece of literature, for all the wrong reasons.

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commented 2017-10-21 21:00:41 -0400
David….is this word you are refering to the word for “black” in several languages and also….by strange co-incidence….the name of a major and one of the more prosperous African countries

which used to be known as “the black kingdom” and who’s citizens are known to be contemptuous and derogatory of the citizens of the neighbouring Congo whom they refer to with that same unmentionable term? That the word you mean David?

Apparently David, if you want to get a rise out of an actual honest to God black African that word that is not to be spoken is not the one that does it

As any Afrikaaner can tell you the real “fighting word” is “keffer”….a variant of “kuffer”

Need I say more
commented 2017-10-19 03:59:38 -0400
Me Notyou come on now ,you know they never actually read the books they hate, how would they know about the actual story?
commented 2017-10-17 22:59:27 -0400
Though the novel is an SJW’s dream book – evil white people, innocent black man, lots and lots of liberals – they want to ban it?

Just can’t make this stuff up anymore?
commented 2017-10-17 20:41:14 -0400
What kind of schools ban books kids?…that’s right Soviet schools kids, nw read your indoctrination and close your minds..
commented 2017-10-17 19:49:46 -0400
Book banning leads to book burning…where have we seen that before?!!!!
commented 2017-10-17 17:40:13 -0400
Talk about stupid shit… I thought Trump had control of that country
commented 2017-10-17 16:07:02 -0400
The selection of books to teach or have available in the school library, or at home for that matter, is always a dicey issue. There are books that I would feel were inappropriate for children of certain ages. In elementary schools there are certain types of books that are deemed too graphic or complex for various ages to read. This is normal procedure.
So I am sympathetic to a school’s attempt to monitor what it is putting into students’ hands. I personally have no real liking for Shakespeare (the language always was too confusing for me and I did not consider it worth my valuable time learning), but others here love his stuff and would have felt offended when it was removed from some school curriculum last month.
I consider it criminal that evolution is taught in schools as science, as settled, and as the default position, when really it is less scientifically viable as a theory than creationism. And considering that creation was the default position until some time in the 1800’s, why should I not kick up a stink about its removal, not to mention the disdain with which it is treated by most in the school system.
Different strokes for different folks.
Of course, the question is: What is the motive for removal or addition of a book to a curriculum? That is the issue. And not easily resolved.
commented 2017-10-17 15:39:38 -0400
Actually they are doing us all a favour. Their nonsensical behaviour is putting a lot of centrists and even center-leftists off. A colleague sent me a link to an article in a leftist publication http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/why-ive-started-to-fear-my-fellow-social-justice-activists-20171013 that you may find interesting. It’s written by a conflicted sjw expressing her frustrations with the crazy antics and of her more militant peers. It’s full of their activist jargon and the self-flagellation that they expect of each other and will surely get her drummed out of whatever sjw club she’s been hanging with. Have a read through the comments though. Seems some left-leaners are getting tired of being oppressed by the new self-appointed leaders of their movement.
commented 2017-10-17 15:34:39 -0400
Literature will become so sanitized that no one will want to read anymore.
commented 2017-10-17 15:16:39 -0400
The comrades of the Politburo Offense Committee have decided that portions of your book could seem to be offensive to the weak minded. Therefore we cannot permit it to be read. Come back when you have an inoffensive book, Mr. Hemingway.
commented 2017-10-17 15:15:55 -0400
The obvious result of the illiterate left being in a position to make decisions about books they can’t comprehend. But I would have thought the left literate enough to understand, “Where the Wild Things Are”. But then they are incapable of Dr. Seuss, and have targeted Robert Munch.

So to expect the ignorant left to be able to follow the complexities of race relations in the 1930’s in the case of “To Kill a Mockingbird” or the 1870’s in Huck Finn is to expect the impossible.
commented 2017-10-17 14:49:09 -0400
I’m not sure that the sjw’s have thought this through. If we expunge every reference to the offensive words, symbols and gestures that have been used to denigrate oppressed groups throughout history, then the record of the oppression will be erased making it easier for skeptics and deniers to make the case that such things never really happened.