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3 Dec, 2016 02:21

Virginia school district suspends Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, internet blames PC culture

Virginia school district suspends Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, internet blames PC culture

A Virginia school has banned “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its curriculum following complaints from one student’s parents igniting the debates if the classical novels are acceptable.

Lee Harper’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are considered classics of American literature, but the use of racial slurs in these books has made them the subject of much controversy. On Thursday, Accomack County Public School Superintendent Chris Holland confirmed that the use of the books had been suspended after Marie Rothstein-Williams, a white parent of a biracial high school student, complained.

I keep hearing ‘This is a classic, this is a classic.' I understand this is a literature classic but at some point I feel the children will not or do not truly get the classic part, the literature part — which I’m not disputing this is great literature,” Rothstein-Williams explained to Delmarva Now. “But there are so many racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get past that.

The suspension of the books is a part of the standard procedure outlined in the district’s policy manual which says that after a formal complaint is filed, the principal, the library media specialist, complainant and teacher should gather to discuss the materials.

The use of racial slurs in both books has made them the targets for many years. In fact, they’ve been on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books list since 1990

The scrutiny both books face has been subject to bipartisan revile. A number of Conservatives took to Twitter to share how banning these books is a sign of rampant political correctness.

Those on the left also pushed back against what they see as censorship.

Both books are suspended pending further review. While many bemoan the banning of books, the protagonists of both novels would likely have been delighted to not attend school.