Virginia removes “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its schools for “racist language”

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In these censorious times, made even more censorious by liberals’ counter-reaction to Trump (his election has heightened fears of Islamophobia and racism among the Left), we can expect to see even more calls for bowdlerizing books or removing them from libraries. This is the case with two wonderful books—To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberrry Finn—in some schools in Virginia.  As the Guardian reports, parental complaints have led to both books being removed from school libraries.

Harper Lee and Mark Twain’s literary classics were removed from classrooms in Accomack County, in Virginia after a formal complaint was made by the mother of a biracial teenager. At the centre of the complaint was the use of the N-word, which appears frequently in both titles.

The woman who made the complaint said her son struggled to read the racist language, telling the Accomack County public schools board: “There’s so much…

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