Clay: People Who Want To Ban ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Clearly Haven’t Even Read It

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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.”

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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Written by Anthony Farris


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  1. Well, having kids read “To Kill a Mockingbird” would require them to (1) read it, (2) understand it, (3) develop the ability to critically think and process the book, (4) apply these themes to real life, and (5) be able to form and articulate their own opinions on racial inequality.

    Progressives would rather force their own pre-packaged, wildly racist and divisive on kids instead. After all, they have spent the last few years railing against the horrors of individual freedom and critical thought. Teaching kids to think might have the adverse side effect of realizing things like bridges, mathematics, employment, and IDs are not actually racist.

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