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Mississippi Schools Pull To Kill a Mockingbird Because It 'Makes People Uncomfortable'

Mississippi Schools Pull To Kill a Mockingbird Because It 'Makes People Uncomfortable'

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Harper Lee

The celebrated classic novel, which tells the deadly consequences of racism, has been scrapped from a Southern school district.

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A school district in Mississippi has killed a lesson plan on To Kill a Mockingbird.

Administrators in Biloxi have pulled the acclaimed novel from its middle-school curriculm, because the language in its pages, which includes use of the n word, "makes people uncomfortable," said Kenny Holloway, the vice principal of the school board.

Published in 1960 from the late writer Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize for its depiction of racism in an Alabama town. It was later adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck, who portrayed Atticus Finch, a lawyer who tries to defend a black man in court.

The novel, through Finch, imparts lessons of empathy. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it," it famously stated.

The book will still be available in the school's library. However, Superintendent Arthur McMillan said students can learn the same lessons from other novels, according to the Associated Press.

"There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students. These resources may change periodically. We always strive to do what is best for our students and staff to continue to perform at the highest level," McMillan said in a statement.

The decision sparked outrage on social media.

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Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.