The school board in Mukilteo, Washington, just outside of Seattle, has made the asinine decision to ban To Kill A Mockingbird from their ninth grade curriculum, citing racial insensitivity as the reason for their decision.
If you think that decision doesn’t make sense, you’re not alone. OutKick founder Clay Travis called the situation “absolute madness.”
“Banning ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is absolute madness. Arguing that it’s racially insensitive or racially uncomfortable actually defeats the entire purpose here.” – @ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/oaofHXtQhp
“To Kill a Mockingbird is maybe the most influential novel, when it comes to American policy, of the 20th century,” said Travis. “It’s very hard to argue that any novel has had more of an impact in the 20th century than Harper Lee’s 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird.”
For those living under a rock for the last 60 years or so, the novel features the case of a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in small-town Alabama. It has long been used to teach students about the racial inequalities that continued to exist in America, even after the end of slavery.
As Travis sees it, the decision to ban this powerful book makes little sense.
“I can’t think of a book in the 20th century that has been more impactful in challenging racism than To Kill a Mockingbird,” said Travis. “The idea of blocking this book because of racial insensitivity can only occur by people who have not actually read this book. It is the definition of madness in general.”
The Mukilteo School Board must’ve banned common sense as well.
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