Virginia school bans ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ book over racial slurs

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A Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Harper Lee ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, published in 1960, temporarily pulled off from the syllabus at the school in Virginia following a complaint from the parent for using racial slurs, which is considered to be harmful,along with other Mark Twain’s book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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According to the parent,Marie Rothstein-Williams, that both books represents the racism, which is unacceptable.She made a plea at a school board meeting stating that the works had disturbed her teenage son,who is a biracial student at Nandua High School on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The Book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ involves racial injustice and the destruction of innocence along with the other issues highlighted by lee i.e. class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. The book is widely taught in schools in the US. It taught the lessons that emphasize tolerance and decry prejudice.

A committee has appointed, which is made up of other parents and teachers from diverse cultural and backgrounds to determine a list of books that are inclusive for all students,to look into the matter. So Both the books are temporarily banned pending a committee review.

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