The pendulum swings from left to right, but it keeps ending up in the same place. Over 50 years ago, the Hanover County, Virginia, School Board tried to ban the classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.” One board member claimed the book (about Southern attorney Atticus Finch defending a black man falsely accused of rape, as told from his young daughter’s point of view) was “immoral literature.” Author Harper Lee sent a $10 donation to the county literacy fund and suggested it be used to teach the school board how to read, because the book was all about a Christian code of honor and conduct, told in simple words. Liberals saw it as a brilliantly witty blow against narrow-minded conservatives and cheered Ms. Lee.
Fast forward half a century: now liberals are trying to ban “To Kill a Mockingbird” for being less than PC. The Biloxi, Mississippi, School Board just voted to take the book out of its curriculum because someone complained that its language makes them “uncomfortable,” such as the “N-word.” Which, of course, has no place in a story about racism in the South in the middle of the last century. The board claims schools can teach the same lesson with some more innocuous book. But isn’t the point of school to have kids read great books, not pablum that makes them feel comfortable?
This ranks down there with the liberal officials at California State University at Long Beach, who shut down a play because it contained racial epithets. It was a play in which minority actors talk about racism they’d suffered, but they weren’t allowed to say the racist names they’d been called because those words were racist. It was like a PC “Catch-22” – another book liberals will probably try to ban.
Between the smashing of statues, the banning of “offensive” books and the violent attacks on people of opposing views, it’s getting awfully hard to tell “progressives” from ISIS these days.
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