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Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Feb 10th, 2018 at 12:00pm
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A Minnesota school district is dropping two classic novels, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” from its required reading list because of the books’ liberal use of the "N' word.

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.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/02/07/a-school-district-dr...

I think it's political correctness pushed too far.  What's next?  Public book burnings?
  
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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Reply #1 - Feb 10th, 2018 at 12:15pm
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SkyChief wrote on Feb 10th, 2018 at 12:00pm:
A Minnesota school district is dropping two classic novels, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” from its required reading list because of the books’ liberal use of the "N' word.

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.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/02/07/a-school-district-dr...

I think it's political correctness pushed too far.  What's next?  Public book burnings?


I doubt if Mr. Whitherspoon knows anything about either of those books except that they have the n-word in them.  Huck Finn was at least a hundred years ahead of its time in presenting the humanity of blacks.  Mockingbird was not as great a novel, but it certainly advocated for justice for blacks at a time when it wasn't popular to do that. 

How many of the students whose virgin ears Mr. Witherspoon is so concerned about ride the bus to school with rap music playing on their phones?

This is a great example of why education needs to be privatized.  Given a free market choice, I'd much rather send my kids to a school where they learn about history rather than being protected from it. 
  

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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Reply #2 - Feb 10th, 2018 at 12:54pm
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SnarkySack wrote on Feb 10th, 2018 at 12:15pm:
I doubt if Mr. Whitherspoon knows anything about either of those books except that they have the n-word in them.  Huck Finn was at least a hundred years ahead of its time in presenting the humanity of blacks.  Mockingbird was not as great a novel, but it certainly advocated for justice for blacks at a time when it wasn't popular to do that. 

How many of the students whose virgin ears Mr. Witherspoon is so concerned about ride the bus to school with rap music playing on their phones?

This is a great example of why education needs to be privatized.  Given a free market choice, I'd much rather send my kids to a school where they learn about history rather than being protected from it. 

not educatiopn need to be done by the self not a teacher baned books is wroung but locko parents is so to where the school ats as a parent i would home school my kids i dont think privet schools are the ancer school should be a place of learning not a institution
  
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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Reply #3 - Feb 10th, 2018 at 5:09pm
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I wouldn't complain about this. It's likely to backfire.

When children learn the books have been banned, they'll want to read them, and they'll do it with interest and gusto rather than the plodding apathy of someone being forced to read a book.

They'll have to ban them from the library, too, if they want this not to backfire.
  

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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Reply #4 - Feb 10th, 2018 at 6:07pm
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SnarkySack wrote on Feb 10th, 2018 at 12:15pm:
I doubt if Mr. Whitherspoon knows anything about either of those books except that they have the n-word in them.  Huck Finn was at least a hundred years ahead of its time in presenting the humanity of blacks.  Mockingbird was not as great a novel, but it certainly advocated for justice for blacks at a time when it wasn't popular to do that. 

How many of the students whose virgin ears Mr. Witherspoon is so concerned about ride the bus to school with rap music playing on their phones?

This is a great example of why education needs to be privatized.  Given a free market choice, I'd much rather send my kids to a school where they learn about history rather than being protected from it. 
Think of it as a backlash against Trump's push for racism to become mainstream. Instead of in the closets of the south because the racists don't yet have the confidence in themselves to voice it in public. They're getting bolder with Trump's lead. The KKK and the neo-Nazis are getting bolder.

The banning of those books is action to fight against Trump's lead so you could think of it as affirmative action.

People in other countries know that what you said about Huck Finn being far ahead of it's time is in fact true, and so they won't be taking any such action to ban those books.
  
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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Reply #5 - Feb 11th, 2018 at 9:46am
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Don_G wrote on Feb 10th, 2018 at 6:07pm:
Think of it as a backlash against Trump's push for racism to become mainstream. Instead of in the closets of the south because the racists don't yet have the confidence in themselves to voice it in public. They're getting bolder with Trump's lead. The KKK and the neo-Nazis are getting bolder.

The banning of those books is action to fight against Trump's lead so you could think of it as affirmative action.

They fight racism by banning two books that fight racism.

Brilliant.

  

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SnarkySack wrote on Feb 11th, 2018 at 9:46am:
They fight racism by banning two books that fight racism.

Brilliant.



You didn't understand my comments. In simpler words, any racism issues that are arising now began with resentment of Obama and then Trump being able to capitalize on those feelings.
  
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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
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Don_G wrote on Feb 11th, 2018 at 12:44pm:
You didn't understand my comments. In simpler words, any racism issues that are arising now began with resentment of Obama and then Trump being able to capitalize on those feelings.


Yes, I know you want to keep saying that in every thread, but it is especially out of place here since banning Huck Finn and TKAM was happening well before either of those people were president.

  

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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
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SnarkySack wrote on Feb 11th, 2018 at 2:43pm:
Yes, I know you want to keep saying that in every thread, but it is especially out of place here since banning Huck Finn and TKAM was happening well before either of those people were president.



Read carefully and you'll find the word 'now' in my comment.
  
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Re: Duluth School District Bans Two Classic Novels
Reply #9 - Feb 11th, 2018 at 2:50pm
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Don_G wrote on Feb 11th, 2018 at 2:46pm:
Read carefully and you'll find the word 'now' in my comment.

So to what do you attribute the racism of the past and the stupidity of banning Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird as a means of fighting it?

  

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