Classic American novel censored in Mississippi

Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch in a scene from the 1962 movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (AP Photo)(Matt Wake [email protected])

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee which was published in 1960 deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town. The censorship of this classic American novel drew the attention of New Zealand’s South Auckland Middle School who commented on facebook…

In year 10 we study books like this because it makes us think hard …

To Kill a Mocking Bird is such a great book – crazy that this US district is taking it off their reading list.

it is a part of our literature that includes – two Shakespearean plays, Whale Rider, The Fatman, Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, Grapes of Wrath, Of MIce and Men and much more – including great films.

We disagree with the article – being “uncomfortable” is an important part of a good education.


The Sun Herald reports that Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week. School board vice president Kenny Holloway says the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”

[…] A message on the school’s website says “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education.

Sadly the people who caused the book to be censored are preventing their children from learning a lesson about empathy and compassion because of both their ignorance and their snowflake sensitivity to language.

[…] The book remains in Biloxi school libraries.

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