Leftie Lunacy: Closed minds kill the Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee’s 1960 novel that became a modern classic. It’s probably the most widely read book dealing with racial injustice in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.

Cited as a factor in the success of the civil rights movement in the 60s, part of the book's effectiveness was that it ‘inspires hope in the midst of chaos and confusion’ and that by using racial epithets it portrayed the reality of the times in which it was set. How ironic, then, that administrators at the Biloxi School District in Mississippi (the neighbouring state to Alabama, where the book is set) announced last week that they were pulling the novel from the eighth grade curriculum, which is studied by pupils aged 13 and 14.

They said they'd received complaints that some of the book’s language ‘makes people uncomfortable’. The Sun Herald reported that the problem was ‘the n-word’.

So 'safe space’ considerations trump the insight and empathy that the great novel uniquely can inspire. It is called the closing of the American mind.



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  • Lucy Dawe

    So if something makes us uncomfortable we should re-write history? Surely it should be the racial inequality that makes us uncomfortable, not the story that tells of it!

  • CitymanMichael

    Roald Dahl could not have made this story up……….

  • Reborn

    The last sentence says it all.
    And not just the American mind.
    I fear for my grandchildren entering university, since such places are a kind of
    Salem with constant exposures of political incorrectness & allegations of offence caused
    to microscopically small communities.
    Young people who toe the party line will find the miseducation they have received will have
    to be discarded unless they go to work in fascistic lefty politics or get a job with the
    BBC or a paying job with the Guardian, or possibly arts administration.
    As is often observed, a student generation, including a doctorate is about 6 years,
    and misinformed & docile creeps are most likely to get a doctorate & stay on to
    miseducate the next generation of suckers.
    The problem is caused by the small percentage of the miseducated who get influential jobs,
    not the vast majority who will be unfit for the World as it is & will become semi professional
    agitators while working in a low paid job.

  • paul parmenter

    So, that which makes me uncomfortable must not be spoken of. And by my not hearing any word that makes me uncomfortable, all problems associated with that word will magically disappear from my life.

    This is truly wonderful. All I have to do is make a list of all those nasty words that I don’t want to hear ever again, command the rest of the world to stop using them and destroy every medium in which any of those words appear, and I will instantly be in a far better, and above all safer, place.

    Works for me. And after all, what I want is all that matters.

    • Labour_is_bunk

      Maybe if black Americans stopped using the word it to each other, it would be a start…..

      • Andy

        That’s true. Last time I was in the Carolinas they would shout at each other ‘hay n*gger’ or when talking about a friend ‘you seen that n*gger?’ I was most surprised.

  • Pretty Polly

    Lefty arguments always fail so they promote censorship instead, it’s all they have.

    • gunnerbear

      PP, C’mon there are not many Lefties in Trump heartland state… https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/mississippi-president-clinton-trump Not many Lefties in Harrison, the county in which Biloxi resides either… One of the members of the Board of Trustees that run the district is a Lt. Col in the USAF… It isn’t Leftie Lunacy or Rightie Lunacy to pull TKAMB, it’s plain’ ol’ utter f**kwitism of the highest order and those involved ought to be ashamed of themselves for taking the decision.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    If an important part of the thrust of the novel was to show the complexity of the race problem in the Alabama of the mid-1930’s, and how a young girl eight years old or so was being introduced to it, I fail to see how ignoring that the “benighted” people of the time used offensive language, by not bringing this to the attention of the children of today, serves a good purpose.

  • Sean Toddington

    One of the biggest threats to our way of life at the moment is the rampant leftist transgender agenda. If you want to ban anything I’d ban the so called classics that are forced on our children blurring traditional gender identity roles. Personally I’d start with 12th Night by so called Shakespeare which is absolutely disgusting in this respect.

    • gunnerbear

      I’d wouldn’t ban 12th Night…..I’d just stamp on the cover, this play is s**t.

  • gunnerbear

    Not many Lefties in Trump heartland state… https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/mississippi-president-clinton-trump Not many Lefties in Harrison, the county in which Biloxi resides either… One of the members of the Board of Trustees that run the district is a Lt. Col in the USAF…..can’t imagine he leans Left. It isn’t Leftie Lunacy or Rightie Lunacy to pull TKAMB, it’s plain’ ol’ utter f**kwitism of the highest order and those involved ought to be ashamed of themselves for taking the decision.

  • suemary

    it is all part of the same picture. The sanitising of the past as if that will eradicate it. Surely it is best to take the past out and look at it closely to see the faults that are there.