Another public school district has decided that students need protection from the American literary classics To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because reading racial slurs isn’t “considerate of all” students. Never mind the context in which these two classics show the inherent evils of racism. Burn them!
Starting next school year, all students in Duluth, Minnesota, will no longer be required to read those texts, though they will be “optional.” Replacements for the required list have yet to be chosen.
District curriculum director Michael Cary said, “The feedback that we’ve received is that it makes many students feel uncomfortable. Conversations about race are an important topic, and we want to make sure we address those conversations in a way that works well for all of our students.”
“We’re doing this out of consideration of the impacts on our students and specifically different groups of students in our schools, and especially our communities of color,” Cary added.
Cary said it was years of concern that lead to this decision.
This made the Duluth chapter of the NAACP very happy, as the president Stephan Witherspoon said it’s a long time coming that this “oppressive language for our kids” is out of the school:
“Our kids don’t need to read the ‘N’ word in school. They deal with that every day out in the community and in their life. Racism still exists in a very big way.”
It’s a good thing public schools are doing such a fine job at “protecting” children from “scary” words. It’ll make it much easier for them when they transition to college and resume the coddling from professors.