Should To Kill A Mockingbird Be Banned In Schools

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The book To Kill A Mockingbird is constantly being criticized by parents whose children read the book. One parent whose child went to a Virginia school said, “This is great literature. But there [are so many] racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get past that” (Hooton). This is seen when Cecil Jacobs calls Atticus a “Nigger lover” when on the playground with Scout (Lee 74). In To Kill A Mockingbird, parents have found ample reasons to not want their children reading the book. These include, multiple racial remarks, along with profanity (Kean). Some may argue that the use of this is inappropriate for some to read. This is seen as a parental choice. Parents should be able to decide if their child is mature enough to read …show more content…

This is about banned books in schools across America and what they have in common. TKM is a classic novel about the 1950s and parents love to read it, but don’t like when their young children read it. Parents don’t like how many racial slurs and the sexually charged themes in it. “Many of these objections come from parents, school administrators or advocacy groups who contend that its racially and sexually-charged themes are inappropriate for young readers”(Downs). This quote shows that not just parents want it to be banned from schools. The school administrator themselves want it out of their school also. Another commonly banned book from schools is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. A parent complained to the school about the use of inappropriate language in the book because she doesn’t like her child reading words like that. “a formal complaint was made by the mother of a biracial teenager. At the centre of the complaint was the use of the N-word, which appears frequently” (Kean). Another commonly banned book in schools is Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What all these books have in common is that they all have racial slurs in them. Some of them have sexually charged themes also which are the reasons why parents do not like their young kids to read them. A mother said, “My son struggled to read the racist language, telling the Accomack County public schools board: There’s so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can’t get past that.” (Kean). This showing that it is also hard for the students to read also. If the kids have trouble reading the book also then they have an even stronger vote to get it

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