Thursday, January 26, 2006

Another Day, Another Banned Book

The Well by Mildred Taylor (who also wrote the amazing Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry) has been dropped from a fourth grade Black History Month reading list in Absecon, NJ and may be dropped from the curriculm entirely because it contains the word nigger.

Imagaine that. A book about racism in early twentieth-century Mississippi has some white people calling black people nigger. A book about racism that deals with how kids feel when being called such things?! I mean, seriously? Can you honestly write a decent book that deals with these issues without using that word?

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