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Why was "To Kill A Mockingbird" banned?

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Kaily Hirsch

on 8 November 2012

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Transcript of Why was "To Kill A Mockingbird" banned?

Why was "To Kill a Mockingbird" Banned? photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Why is "To Kill a Mockingbird" censored today? Racist and degrading language such as whore and use of the "n word" 48 times. Discussion of adult themes such as rape and incest Many people believed "To Kill a Mockingbird" promoted racism because Tom Robinson was not found innocent. Why Are Books Banned? To protect others, usually children,
from difficult ideas and information What is a banned book? A book that has been censored or removed from circulation by an authority (e.g. government, library, school system.) Why should "To Kill a Mockingbird" not be banned? Is an accurate reflection of the era Advocates people to take a stand and to not tolerate injustice Helps students understand racism and history of equal rights in the United States Why was "To Kill a Mockingbird" Banned in the 1960s Encouraged protests against goverment such as race riots and sit ins to promote equality and integration. Caused people to question social codes and Jim Crow laws in the American South. In 1968 the National Education Association named "To Kill a Mockingbird" as the book most complained about by private orginizations. Other activists beleived that racists in the book did not receive the punishment they deserved. Where in Canada is "To Kill a Mockingbird" Banned? Several school districts in New Brunswick Several school boards in Nova Scotia Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board just outside of Toronto The American Library Association rates "To Kill a Mockingbird" as number 41 of the 100 most frequently challenged books. The first protests came from people who thought use of rape as a plot device was immoral Questioned due to the use of the words "damn" and "whore lady" School boards feared that book might upset African American students reading it. Encourages people, including students to confront and discuss injustices and moral issues. It awakens conscience and encourages introspection. Characteristics of Scout, Boo and Atticus encourage people to be themselves and to do what is right not what everyone else is doing.
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