If you’re like us, you remember reading Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and feeling uncomfortable – very uncomfortable. The Southern Gothic classic uses the N-word at least twenty times and focuses on a white lawyer who defends a falsely-accused black man from a charge of rape.
Between the racism and the graphic depictions of rape and sexuality, the entire book is geared towards making you squirm. That is the point. To Kill A Mockingbird is meant to make you uncomfortable so that you can think about racial injustice and prejudice.
Someone, apparently, didn’t get this message, because the town of Biloxi, Mississippi has banned the book from its eighth grade reading list.