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Why 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' Is Being Banned in the deep south

I studied To Kill a Mockingbird at school, and it remains one of my favourite books. Although I never got around to finishing reading it's sequel, I still cherish TKAM as one of the texts which helped make me who I am. The image of Atticus Finch standing up to the racist mob come to lynch Tom Robinson is one I still draw strength from, so to discover here that some schools in the American deep south now want to ban it disturbs me greatly. They say they don't like the use of the N-word, or produce a load of other bullshit excuses; but it's clear they just don't like how it portrays the white majority as being in the wrong.

This is part of a frightening trend in the States - the resurgence of white dominance over any other minority. They want to get rid of anything which might show them in a bad light, and distain anything attacking their bigotry, past or present, as 'liberal propaganda'. It's as if, inspired by the embarrassment to humanity they currently call a president, these poor, poorly educated, disenfranchised white zealots want to recapture the power they once had as the dominant group, and still think they are entitled to. Thus they want to get rid of anything which opposes bigotry or speaks up for equality. Such people perhaps even think the mob was in the right and should have lynched Tom, simply for having the audacity to make love to a white girl. It's very scary: first books like this will be taken off reading lists; pretty soon figures like Martin Luther King will start to be attacked.


[Edited 18/10/2017 at 11:21:07 - addad a bit]

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