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.
In a statement to Mississippi newspaper, the Sun Herald, the Vice President of the school board, Kenny Holloway, said that the book had made people uncomfortable.stated. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the eighth-grade course."
By "some language," he means the N-word, which again... is the point.
People weren't pleased by this decision, especially given today's racial climate.
Mississippi school district bans “To Kill A Mockingbird” because it makes people uncomfortable. Racism, the GOP and… https://t.co/QQuUkX06lU— Ryan Knight 🌹 (@Ryan Knight 🌹)1507998687.0