Minnesota school district removes "To Kill a Mockingbird" to protect students' dignity

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If the n-word is so hurtful and oppressive then why do rap musicians continue to use it in their lyrics?
From Fox News: A Minnesota school district removed classic novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from its required reading lists due to the novels’ use of a racial slur.
Michael Cary, the director of curriculum and instruction for Duluth School District, announced the two books were removed due to the n-word being used throughout both novels.
“We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn’t require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs,” Cary told the Duluth News Tribune.
The two books would be available in school libraries if students were interested in reading them on their own, FOX 21 Online reported.
Cary said the books were removed in order to be “considerate of all of its students.”
Stephan Witherspoon, the president of NAACP’s local chapter, said he welcomed the decision. He called the novels “hurtful” that “use hurtful language that has oppressed the people for over 200 years.
“It’s wrong. There are a lot more authors out there with better literature that can do the same thing that does not degrade our people. I’m glad that they’re making the decision and it’s long overdue, like 20 years overdue,” Witherspoon said. “Let’s move forward and work together to make school work for all of our kids, not just some, all of them.”
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is listed at No. 21 on the American Library Association’s most “banned or challenged books list in the last decade.” The novel, published in 1960, followed the adventures of a girl and her brother and the racial inequality that existed in their small Alabama town.
Last year, administrators at the Biloxi School District in Mississippi removed the book from the curriculum.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” published in 1884 by Mark Twain, follows the adventures of a poor white boy and a slave. The novel also made the list of “most frequently challenged books” in 2015, The Washington Post reported. Both novels use the n-word throughout.
Cary said the school’s administrators and teachers were working on introducing new books to the curriculum. “The decision to protect the dignity of our students seemed like a reasonable and easy one to make that didn’t require teacher input. But in terms of making sure that we select excellent novels that serve the same purpose, that definitely needs teacher feedback and their help in making that decision,” Cary said.
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Protect their dignity? Well, there goes the gender unicorn then…comment image

truckjunkie
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On the “Emotionally Attracted To”-line,there should be “Self” as an option. Also,”Designed by Landyn Pan and Anna Moore”,are they male or female,or do they even KNOW?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

My, isn’t that “confidence inspiring”? I’ve always wanted to be a Gnu, how ’bout you?
There seems to be a progression here. it goes from witless, to helpless, to useless. They want to live in a giant pity party. So much wasted skin.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

These kinds of people will find something offensive in everything they encounter. They want to wipe out our history and culture and bring us down to par with the other s**thole countries of the world. When are people going to get tired enough of this nonsense to put a stop to it? What has happened to our people?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, I read about this yesterday. Just like the USSR, they have to wipe out history. Poppy Bush was big on this too. “The end of history” was the title of one of his speeches.
Maybe the library can replace them with Kyle Onstott.

Waco Bob
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Waco Bob

Ahh another snowflake is born. Wait till they get to the real world, what a nightmare that is going to be for them.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, after they read “Mandingo” and learn about “High Yallers”. Harper Lee will seem pretty tame. Frankly, she wrote a great book.
This is just another victory for the US version of “The Great Leap Forward”.

Dr. Eowyn
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More like the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. In fact, on China’s chat forums, they’re referring to what the Left are doing in America as a “cultural revolution” reminiscent of China’s.

Brian Heinz
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Brian Heinz

To erase history is damning us to repeat it. If our society is so thin skinned they can’t read a book and understand the time in which it was written, and understand what was going on in history at that time. Then our school systems have failed us miserably and has been done to destroy this nation from with in.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I agree. It all started with that silly nonsense about “The ‘N’ Word”. Imagine, adults censoring themselves over something as innocuous as that!
I heard that when I was a kid all the time and often from people who didn’t have a prejudiced bone in their body. Anyway, I refuse to cooperate with people attempting to censor what I think or say.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I’m with ya on that. As a matter of fact,I get even LESS PC when I know it REALLY bugs the people around me. Maybe they’ll catch a little dose of REALITY and realize how STUPID they sound to NORMAL America…

Alma
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Alma

There are four races, Black, white, red and yellow. Nothing wrong with the word negro or black, it is a distinction of the color and is not offending, just like Indian, mestizo, Brown, yellow. Nigger is a term used to refer to a person of ANY RACIAL OR ETHNIC ORIGIN, regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc. I have never been offended by anyone saying I am a speak because I rise above ill intentions.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Even in the recent past it is difficult to convey what “worked” to people who are unfamiliar with it without being misunderstood. My wife grew up in the UDC and when her grandmother was alive she used to regale us with stories, a lot of them related to “The War of Northern Aggression”. My mother and grandmother were both Southerners. Kids used to tease me growing up about my mother’s accent. She was brilliant. She was a music and dance teacher and a trained choreographer. We had a studio at our house and it was always abuzz with aspiring ballerinas… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Ray Bradbury’s dystopian Fahrenheit 451 is no longer fiction.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yes, but only those with a history would know it.

palcau ioan
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palcau ioan

i think this is pure -sorry!-bs,omg theres so many ugly think in our society,movies,music,school,and nobody seems to care!! fake pb,no offence…some1 must still grow up

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

Rather than change the whole WORLD to protect kids from getting their feelers hurt,MAYBE they should allow them to experience the whole WORLD the way it IS,and let them grow a BACKBONE and learn not to take the word nigger so damned SERIOUSLY. The whole PC agenda is to eliminate all thought that isn’t exactly like all others’ thoughts,fill their heads with PC pudding,so all they’ll know is what they’re allowed by AUTHORITY to know. MUCH easier to rule that way. Imagine what the US would have been,right from the BEGINNING,with THIS agenda. Pretty likely ALL of us wouldn’t even… Read more »

NowhereMan
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NowhereMan

There are only 2 genders: Male & Female. They are defined by biology and physiology. Everything else ranges from a toddler-like cry for attention to full blown mental disorder according to the DSM IV. Granted there are people with physical development issues or oddities, which make up an EXTREME minority in the population. (eg: the man with two penis shafts; the woman with two vaginas; the person with underdeveloped genitals…) Also, Stephan Witherspoon is a raging hypocrite when he isn’t leading the charge to ban ALL musicians from using the word Nigger in their ‘art’. It’s a double standard, and… Read more »

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Glenn47

These are the kinds of books we need to show us just how far we have come. That is until the Obama era, which set us back 50 years. Did they also remove books with cracker, or whitey in them?
I heard the N word a lot when I stayed in the South while growing up. People used it like they were talking about the Smiths or Johnsons down the street.
It is a shame we are losing so much culture and history is being rewritten.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah my mother and grandmother used it all the time but it wasn’t derogatory. It was descriptive. Usually it had more to do with behaviors than race.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

lophatt . . . . and in that vein, the “N” word could apply to any color person.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yes, and often did.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I’ve heard it said many times,and I find it true,that “Niggers come in all colors.”

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I think the fact that black Rappers get away with using the “N” word, but no one else can use it is total bunk! If the word should not be used . . . then it should not be used by ANYONE, regardless of their color. This whole thing is just another issue used to beat whitey over the head with.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

My objection is that I refuse to have anybody tell me what I can think or say, period. There is not safe way down that slippery slope. I rarely, if ever used it before, it makes me want to use it more since that “Great Horror” of it started.
As many have said, they use it themselves all the time, which makes it even doubly worse to insist that Whitey doesn’t use it. The nerve!

Alma
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Alma

C’mon, boys and girls, are we afraid to say negro? We are not offending anyone, it’s ok saying African-American, they used to be black Americans, the negro ancestry is from Africa, there are blacks or negros from Nigeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and more countries in the African continent, and so THE ASTUTE POLITICIANS, created the groups, Haitian-american -not African Americans, the Cuban-american, not the white Americans, spanish-american because,they are from Spain, polish-American, and it goes on an on, and THEY, THE ASTUTE POLITICIANS,divided to conquer the stinking votes that would enrich their pockets leaving the public fight it out amongst… Read more »

Pilar
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Pilar

Agree wholeheartedly.

Alma
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Alma

Oh, I forgot at one time it was color people, that didn’t work out either.

Pilar
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Pilar

Actually i don’t like that expression at all. We all have beautiful colors. I always feel kind of peeved when i hear, “women of color” as if others don’t have any color at all. Grr

Pilar
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Pilar

It doesn’t sound like they have read or understand the books at all.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

” There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Theodore Roosevelt 1907

cogitoergosumantra
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That sounds oddly also like what Obama said in his DNC speech before being elected. Afterward, it was all somehow different.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

Sorry-Everything Obama said from the first words I heard him say came out “Blah blah blah blah blah….” in my ears,because HE had no credibility,ESPECIALLY as the alleged president.

Alma
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Alma

Truck, very very true because we have but one country for all.

CalGirl
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Right now, Minnesota is way ahead of Mexifornia in educational outcome of their statewide student outcomes per annual tests. Gland to see that they are starting down the Mexifornia eductional “politically correct” pathway. Maybe one day soon, Mexifornia will surpass in achievement the sinking Minnesota on these issues? Bring it on! Can’t wait for another state to take over Mexifonia’s basement rating, \ And, BTW—-the word “niggardly” means….BEFORE the advent of RACIAL definitions……cheap, or, in a lower or “chintzy” way, to withold value, or to hold back the true value…..to not give your best……but, I would NEVER EVER use it… Read more »

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“And, BTW—-the word “niggardly” means….BEFORE the advent of RACIAL definitions……cheap, or, in a lower or “chintzy” way, to withold value, or to hold back the true value…..to not give your best……but, I would NEVER EVER use it in this modern culture in which I must live and work….and if I DID use this word, with NOTHING by actual fact or SOURCED definition, I would probably be FIRED…” Yeah, that and nothing more only if you were lucky. Probably not if you were a white man. My biggest problem with the re-defining of the word is that they somehow think it… Read more »

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

” they somehow think it gives them the right to physically attack “others” who use it around them, especially if said TO them, regardless of intent of malice. ”
If they physically attack others for merely saying the word to them,what do they do if somebody physically beats the word into them,one letter per punch?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

You reminded me of something that happened when I was with my grandmother once in San Diego. My Grandma was a Southerner. I went down town with her on the bus to get sewing supplies. As usual, it was an adventure. She was about 80 at the time. She lived to be 96. First, the bus was full. There was a black pimp, feather in the hat, white suit, gold tooth, the whole nine yards, sitting in a seat. My grandma walked right up to him and said “My, ain’t you somethin’ special?”. She stood there glaring at him until… Read more »

bzerob
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Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:
As stated then why is there no gag on the “creative” rap that freely uses that word, along with some other choice words, purportedly as an endearing verb/noun? And when a black “Reverend” uses it in a speech isn’t that the same problem? Apparently not. But if a white “cracker” were to use it all hell would be unleashed.

Rocky
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Rocky

All this political correctness is sickening. This is one of the great all time novels. Everyone should read it. By the way, Blood Meridian is Cormac McCarthy’s greatest work. Forget The Road. Blood uses “nigger” about a million times. Snowflakes gonna ban this too? How about the demonic Judge character? Probably too evil for little Seth or little Megan. Might disturb them. Screw it all. This nonsense has to stop.

Alma
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Alma

My heart goes out for Dr. Martin Luther King, no dream here but a perpetual NIGHTMARE.

Michelle
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Michelle

Strange how these people don’t know the meaning/point of the story is anti-racist! I suspect the people who are complaining about the offensive language never read the book. LOL The entire story is defending the innocent black who was falsely accused of the rape of a white woman. The book is told from a very left leaning progressive perspective. What exactly are they “Offended” by? “Offended” is too subjective and seems to only apply to certain groups. Those of us who don’t want a satanic middle school teacher, who put up a six foot tall satanic pentagram saying “may the… Read more »

Joe Magil
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This is extremely disturbing because it rewrites history. Mark Twain and Harper Lee wrote dialog as they did to show how people really talked and thought. Students of today and the future will have a warped idea of history because they will think that people always thought and behaved as they do now.