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
• “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor
Burbank Unified Superintendent Matt Hill is in the process of deciding whether to make that decision permanent, KTTV-TV in Los Angeles reported.