Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the few non sci-fi books I read as a kid that I enjoyed reading, but I obviously didn’t enjoy what was happening, nor should I. It’s the tale of a man wrongly accused of rape due to his skin color as seen through the eyes of his defense lawyer’s daughter, who also learns not to judge others of her own race. The movie (which my middle school English teacher showed us after we read the book) was also a good story, with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. I highly recommend both and I hope to do a Chapter By Chapter on the book if I can ever get a copy.

So imagine my disappointment in humanity when I read this article by Acculturated contributor Julia Dent about a school’s attempt to have the book pulled due to being “uncomfortable”. You know my feelings on “should”, such as I don’t think an entire genre should be forced to be one thing, but a story about racism and why it’s wrong SHOULD BE UNCOMFORTABLE! It’s supposed to be shown as a bad thing and something to be driven out and never happen again. But given how “racism” is approached and labeled these days I question if racial harmony is really the goal anymore. Please read this article.

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About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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  1. Sean says:

    You actually read To Kill A Mockingbird in Mrs. Torrance’s 9th grade English class. It was at the high school. I remember because i was in your class. Yes, I do remember seeing the movie too. That 9th grade English class is also where I read Romeo and Juliet and saw the famous Romeo and Juliet movie (Mrs. Torrance forgot to edit out a certain scene when she showed us the movie). To Kill A Mockingbird is great literature that depicts realistically what was happening in the 1930s American South. It was a totally appropriate book for me to read in 9th grade and still is a suitable novel for a high school classroom. In order to understand history, you have to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. There still is racism in America, but I’m glad that 80 years later, things have improved a lot in this country. Looking back at the 1930s in To Kill A Mockingbird can help us see how things have changed, and also about what we can possibly do to continue to combat the remaining racism in the modern age.

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    • You might have seen it in 9th but I’m pretty sure I read it in middle school. Unless my memory is bad because the high school teacher never liked my book choices. I do remember the Romeo & Juliet (and I think I went to the bathroom during the topless scene which I’m totally sure she forgot wink wink nudge nudge). We also read West Side Story in middle school. I remember playing Maria’s brother. My only death scene. 🙂

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      • Sean says:

        That’s right! Now I remember that when you walked back in the classroom, everybody was saying “Tronix, you missed the topless scene in Romeo and Juliet!”. It was quite a surprise for me! It was definitely 9th grade English where we read To Kill A Mockingbird. We also read Animal Farm in 9th grade English. West Side Story and Old Man of the Sea were 8th grade books we read. Weird how the memories start coming back. I guess we did learn something in middle school and 9th grade of high school after all! 9th Grade English was also where we had to do hobby presentations. You did yours on science fiction and I did mine on comic books (or it might have been the reverse). Either way, you and I both mentioned Doctor Who in our individual presentations, and I do remember the kids asking “Who’s Doctor Who?” “But who is Doctor Who?”. I can laugh at it now, but at the time, it was very annoying.

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