California School District Bans Use of Classic Books in Classroom Over Racism Complaints

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A California school district is being accused of censorship after it banned the teaching of five classic American novels, claiming they espoused “racism.” In a shocking irony, one of the banned books was written by Mildred D. Taylor, a black woman who’s the great-granddaughter of a former slave. In September, the Burbank Unified School District temporarily barred the following novels from inclusion in its curriculum, according to Newsweek: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain; “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck; “The Cay” by Theodore Taylor and “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor.

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