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School district pulls 2 classic novels off
required reading list, citing racial slurs

CBS News, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 2/9/2018 1:49:29 AM

District officials in Duluth, Minnesota, schools have removed "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from the required reading list because of racial slurs in the books, CBS Minnesota reports. Michael Cary, the district´s director of curriculum and instruction, told The Duluth News Tribune the books will still be optional reading and available in the school libraries, but they´ll be replaced next year by other books that touch the same topics without language that makes students uncomfortable. "We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn´t require

The liberal politically correct police are moving US to a dystopian "Fahrenheit, 451" future.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: arcady, 2/9/2018 1:54:12 AM     (No. 11538201)

They´re not very liberal, where they´re very Liberal. Book burning next?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pixelero, 2/9/2018 2:01:24 AM     (No. 11538203)


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Reply 3 - Posted by: planetgeo, 2/9/2018 2:18:05 AM     (No. 11538211)

Looks like all the liberals who used to shriek that someday the fascists would burn all controversial books have now become those fascists.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Packard Man, 2/9/2018 2:21:18 AM     (No. 11538212)

They pull this stuff once a decade or so!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Highlander, 2/9/2018 3:31:07 AM     (No. 11538227)

How dare those two writers, Twain from the 19th century and Lee from the early 20th, not conform to modern 21st century PC sensibilities!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 2/9/2018 4:32:17 AM     (No. 11538238)

"See Michael run."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/9/2018 5:10:13 AM     (No. 11538241)

The strength and value of Mark Twain´s book is that he, through Huck Finn, humanized Jim (and all black people,) on that rafting trip.
How idiotic is it to hide children from the truth? Idiotic and insane.
The ´terrible´ word describing Jim, by the way, pops up in just about any rap video.
And it dehumanizes blacks. Yet that rap crap is ubiquitous.
To Kill A Mockingbird, in my opinion, does not rise to the level of Huck Finn.
Although the movie was excellent.
But I would not ban the book. To a discerning reader, the comparison of the two books is part of intellectual development.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy, 2/9/2018 5:30:52 AM     (No. 11538246)

Racial slurs always travel down a one way street!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jacksin5, 2/9/2018 6:49:53 AM     (No. 11538275)

Whatever happened to "Sticks And Stones"....

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Reply 10 - Posted by: M2, 2/9/2018 7:07:25 AM     (No. 11538282)

This latest outrage is an American tragedy.
We stood by and watched the liberal socialist indoctrination of our children.
We stood by and watched the sexualization of small children.
We stood by and watched traditional marriage and sexual roles vanish.
We stood by and watched as God was removed from the public square.
We stood by and watched as lying became as common as breathing.
We stood by and watched our national monuments and our flag being desecrated,disrespected, and even thrown in the trash.
And now we have two magnificent pieces of literature, undoubtedly just the beginning of a purge of alleged racism, being removed. The removal of America’s entire history is only one rung of the ladder away.
That ladder down leads to oblivion. I weep for America.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rolfnader, 2/9/2018 7:19:48 AM     (No. 11538290)

The answer is to just change the spelling of the ´bad´ words. A good example would be the bag of bird seed I bought recently for my finch feeder. Over the years, I´ve fed them Niger Seeds. This fall I noticed the bag is now labeled "Nijer Seeds". I feel better now, don´t you?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/9/2018 7:30:37 AM     (No. 11538294)

What´s next to be banned, then: let me see- What about the History of the American Revolution because it calls the British "red Coats". Next, of course will be the history of how the West was settled because it slurs Native Americans (calls them the slanderous slur, "Indians"). And of course, the entire history of WWI will have to be purged, too- can´t call German´s "Square Heads" or WWII Germans, "Krauts".

Would they allow Mark Twain´s (Samuel Clemens) wonderful book, "Life on the Mississippi"? It barely touches on the questions of color, but has the word, "Plantation" in it. What about Leon Uris´ extraordinarily emotional historical novels, "Mila 18" and "Exodus"? Because it so derogatorily details behavior of Nazis and Arabs? And do not forget the many official historical volumes of Sam Morrison on the U.S. Navy history in WWII- it is loaded with contemporary racial terms describing black mess "boys" and "Filipino" servants on board U.S. Naval ships in that era.

See, that´s the trouble with banning history based on current and passing self righteousness. “To Kill A Mockingbird” and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" make people uncomfortable because that is exactly what they are supposed to do! But these over educated idiots do not understand that at all,. Thus they are the very progenitors of perpetuating such racial serotypes. And that is likely what they are trying to do, isn’t it?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Nimby, 2/9/2018 8:01:24 AM     (No. 11538313)

Instead they ask the students to read “what happened” and “Dreams from my father”.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: saguni, 2/9/2018 8:27:30 AM     (No. 11538348)

If you erase exactly what happened in history, how can you learn how much we have progressed in the ensuing years??

Not knowing history allows BLM to declare that we are still just as racist as plantation/slave owners ever were.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 2/9/2018 8:27:36 AM     (No. 11538350)

Why are they so eager to shutter their students´ minds?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 2/9/2018 8:47:42 AM     (No. 11538375)

Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and African-American Jim?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: idahojoe, 2/9/2018 9:18:08 AM     (No. 11538418)

They ban two books that bucked the trends of the time and came out against slavery and prejudice?
I guess they now have to ban any books about Martin Luther King.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: wendybird, 2/9/2018 9:20:14 AM     (No. 11538420)

Before long you won´t be able to order either lght beer or dark beer.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: agrunt, 2/9/2018 10:00:08 AM     (No. 11538469)

"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future."
Robert Heinlein
To me the ultimate ignoring is to erase it from our ability to discuss. This is a crime against our children.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/9/2018 10:27:20 AM     (No. 11538517)

Part of this enormous educational failure is the that the nature and purpose of literature has been forgotten ... or do I mean discarded? Authors write depictions of the world as it is/was -- they´re not necessarily projecting their own biases onto the conduct, dialogue or circumstances of the characters they create. They are painting a picture, not posting a handbill.

Literature has played an essential role in portraying the human condition, and through that we come to understand human nature more completely. By doing so, we also come to recognize not just the foibles of human nature, but the potential in human relationships and endeavor.

This kind of stupidity has been infecting the arts for a long time -- no one can presume to imagine anything anymore. Human frailty is now a punishable crime.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/9/2018 10:30:56 AM     (No. 11538523)

Apologies for the second post, but in the interests of ... well, I´m not sure what ... these "educators" miss the opportunity to teach the larger meanings of the novels for incidental reasons. Their students continue to believe that language is violence.

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