By Grace Vasquez
In school, we have required reading which gives a glimpse of a different society. So no surprise that social media went crazy when they learned Pulitzer Prize winning novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ was pulled from Biloxi classrooms because it “makes people uncomfortable.”
According to The Sun Herald, the school board did not vote on the move, but rather it was an administrative and department decision made last week.
Biloxi School Board vice president, Kenny Holloway, told the paper “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.” Holloway said the Harper Lee novel is still in the school’s library but 8th grade classes will you another book for it’s course.
Social media was appalled and many took to Twitter to voice their disbelief and to criticize the school district for missing the point behind the award winning novel.
If you have never read the award winning novel, then the next best thing is the three Academy Award winning movie with one of my favorite actors Gregory Peck. An amazing, emotional movie and an amazing, emotional novel that clearly is meant to make us feel uncomfortable because racism should always be ‘uncomfortable” or it will never cease to exist. ~grace