District pulls 'To Kill A Mockingbird' from reading list due to complaints

Harper Lee's novel

According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, the community's #School District has pulled #Harper Lee's classic novel of racial bigotry and #Coming Of Age in the depression era south "To Kill a Mockingbird" from the eighth-grade reading list because some of the language makes people "feel uncomfortable".

"There were complaints about it", Kenny Holloway, vice president of the district's school board, told the newspaper. "But they're going to use another book in the 8th-grade course".

She added some of the book's language "makes people uncomfortable".

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.

On one level, a novel about racial bias and rape ought to make people uncomfortable.

Lee began To Kill a Mockingbird in the mid-1950s, after moving to NY to become a writer. When the book was announced it was also revealed that To Kill A Mockingbird had sold 40 million copies worldwide.

A message on the school's website said the book teaches students that compassion and empathy don't depend upon race or education.

"There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students", he said.

Schools in the district will no longer teach the classic story of racial inequality in a small USA town, despite the book being a favourite of schools around the world for decades following its 1960 release. A member of the school board said that the decision to drop the book from the curriculum came from the district's administrators and not the board.

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