Blacks are ‘Uncomfortable’ with the language in “To Kill a Mockingbird” so the book was pulled from Mississippi schools. They are trying to rewrite history? If reading the word “nigger” is enough to make these students uncomfortable, what will happen if they step into real live? Hundred years ago, they were not Blacks, they were niggers. And if that makes them uncomfortable, that doesn’t change the past. Now they prefer to be called African-Americans. So be it, if that makes them happy. But in 20 years, no one will use that term anymore, because it will be considered racist. Then again, they will invent another word to describe the same people. You remember what Shakespeare said: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. In other words: “A Nigger, a Black or an African-American by any other name would still be black”. So be proud of what you are and stop whining.
The 1960 novel by Harper Lee deals with racism in the American south, as a black man is accused of rape in a small Alabama town in the 1930s. He is defended by lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film adaptation.
“There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told the Sun Herald. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”
The novel includes frequent use of the word ‘nigger,’ and has caused controversy in the past for its “offensive language” and “racism,” according to the American Library Association.
The book was taught in 8th grade English classes, and the Biloxi School District website lists it as a key text, noting its message that “compassion and empathy are not dependent upon race or education” and its depiction of historic eras such as the Great Depression and the Jim Crow laws.
The move did not sit well with some people, claiming the ruling resembles censorship.
“I think it is one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard, in that the themes in the story humanize all people regardless of their social status, education level, intellect, and of course, race,” a reader wrote to the Sun Herald in an email. “It would be difficult to find a time when it was more relevant than in days like these.”
For those who have not read the book or seen the movie, it’s one of the books you have to read before you die. I’m serious. And the movie with Gregory Peck is nearly as good.