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

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


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:

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• “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.

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