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Minnesota school district drops literary classics over use of the “n-word”



This news story was published on February 11, 2018.
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DULUTH, MINNESOTA – Two literary classics have been ousted as required reading in the Duluth, Minnesota school district after prodding by the local NAACP chapter because the books contain the “n-word”.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the president of the Duluth NAACP, Stephan Witherspoon, “applauded the school district’s decision to stop requiring students to read” To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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“Some people think the novels are educational literature for students, he said, but the novels are ‘just hurtful’ and use ‘hurtful language that has oppressed the people for over 200 years.’ The district’s use of the books as required reading has been an ongoing discussion between elders in the local NAACP and district leaders for years, Witherspoon said.”

As the decision by the school district was handed down, the National Coalition Against Censorship says it is deeply disturbed by the Duluth school district’s decision to remove To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn from classrooms.

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“While it is understandable that a novel that repeatedly uses a highly offensive racial slur would generate discomfort among some parents and students, the problems of living in a society where racial tensions persist will not be resolved by banishing literary classics from the classroom,” the organization said in a statement.  “On the contrary, the classroom is where the history, use and destructiveness of this language should be examined and discussed.  It is there that the books’ complexities can be contextualized and their anti-racist message can be understood. Rather than ignore difficult speech, educators should create spaces for open dialogue that teaches students to confront the vestiges of racism and the oppression people of color.  Public schools are constitutionally bound by the First Amendment to prioritize legitimate pedagogical interests above the subjective viewpoints of individual members of the community.  Parents can request an alternative book if they object to an assigned text.  But no parent or group of parents is qualified to make the choice of what other children should read.  Those choices are made by teachers who can assess the intellectual maturity of their students and direct discussions on sensitive subjects towards educationally-enriching ends.  It is regrettable that teachers were not consulted before the decision to remove these classic works was made.”

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35 Responses to Minnesota school district drops literary classics over use of the “n-word”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

    New sheriff in town = Minnesota Muslims

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Years ago Minnesota was trucking garbage by the back roads into North Iowa landfills. So yes it’s concerns us. Probably banned books!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I thought this publication was about “North Iowa”. This editor never passes up an opportunity to post a story from anywhere if he can get the local racists stirred up. Pathetic.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 14, 2018 at 8:12 am

      The really pathetic thing is someone who dislikes the site but keeps on posting on it.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    At least the NCAAP should also require these 2 schools to go back to their origin and change ALL school registrations that Used the – N=negro W=white and A=Asian forms – Lets do this the democratic way. Better yet take N out of the alphabet such as in NFL.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 10:39 am

      If they took N out of the alphabet, then what could we call you instead of nutcase?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 13, 2018 at 11:30 pm

        Q: If they took N out of the alphabet, then what could we call you instead of nutcase?
        A: Bodacious

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          February 14, 2018 at 7:57 am

          Great comeback. How long did it take you to come up with that?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 10:54 am

      lol

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 8:36 am

    These do gooders should contact the Anti American aclu/blm and the black caucas and demand that ALL trans actions concluded within the last 200 years should be reviewed and corrected as in All birth certificates issued in Minnesota using the N as in race should have to be reissued to say what a few million people – come on! lets do it right – old Huck Finn would be proud of all you whites = W

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Back in time when these multicultural BLMs were brought to America they were referred to as negros – just as the rest of the world referred to them – most of them were indoctrinated to good democrats while on the boats bringing them in.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Those well designing English ships did the deed very efficiently. And the NFL kneelers stood for the British National Anthem.Talk about not reading your history books, Probably were banned too.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 7:44 am

    They have replaced the N word with M – these people are kooks from kalifornia .

  8. TIRED OF THE POLITICAL NONSENSE Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

    There is no inequality, racism, classism. and white privilege except in your head so you can claim “victim status” for you and some of your friends.

    Inequality, racism, classism. and white privilege are only issues for political radicals that want to stir the emotions of the electorate to get votes.

    Inequality, racism, classism. and privilege has been around since the dawn of time It is used by ALL kinds of people who put others down to raise their own self worth, and will always exist. Removing these two books or any books from the library will never change that!

    Get you head out of the sand!

    • Fiddle sticks Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Sounds like the tactics being used by that Senator from hell from the state of Massachusetts. She’s a lawyer you know. Got’s it all figured out. Destroy through control. Her clarion call is ‘hear ME roar’.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2018 at 8:33 am

        This makes me want to read ‘The Salem Witch Trials. But it’s most likely banned too.

  9. Timothy Kepler Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 6:02 am

    I’ve read both books. Mark Twain was a raciest and so is his book. I rarely talk ill of the dead but huck never refers to Jim out of his name. Only the narrator does. This book is only a classic to some and to other a reminder of inequality, racism, classism. and white privlidge. I believe our kids will get their fill of this without this book. Harper lees book is about all those things but told in a tragic story that is meant to erect thought and change. The N word was used in two different ways. I agree with some comments about blacks using the word, calling each other that. But you have to understand the totality of the who and why! Who specifically does it and why! You do the research. The bottom line is you can’t change the past but you can plan your future. We as a country waste more time over skin pigmentation than we do over the huge gap between the rich and poor in this country. There are two new races in this country, the slave master and the slave. This time it don’t matter what color you are. You either have money or your in debt. And we are worried about books that 23% percent of our kids can’t read anyway. And a word that’s never going away that you have the power to let it offend you or inspire you. The question is when will we realize we are one race with different skin color pigmentation. God didn’t create Steve and Samatha; Yang and Fang; Quan and Quanda. We all came from Adam and Eve.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 7:18 am

      Inspiring read.

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 7:46 am

      Good comment.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

      No, Timothy. We did not come from Adam and Eve. Mankind evolved into several different races because of many different factors input into our ancestors. You will never get rid of racism because we actually are different races and that’s just the long and short of it.

      In order to get good people to do truly evil deeds, you are going to have to stir in religion. Don’t agree? Show me where I am wrong.

  10. Big Brother Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    This is our history, sometimes hard but true. These books should not be banned any more than books on the holocaust or civil war should be. If you ban Huck Finn… where will it end? If you don’t like the content, don’t read it.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    I much prefer the terms ‘white bread’ or ‘wheat bread’. When slinging slang it can be shorten to whitie or wheatie. Easy on the ears. Then we can call these middle easterners ‘toast’. Taking it further we can call women biscuits and men rolls stemming the tide of discrimination happening now between the sexes that are now on a warpath.This will make it easier on our kids as they’re confused enough already.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 2:50 am

      Daddy such a sweet roll. I like hot biscuits.The wheat roll is free. What a gorgeous looking biscuit. Those rolls are disgusting. lol

  12. Shawniqwa Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Honkies!

  13. bodacious Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    “It is regrettable that teachers were not consulted before the decision to remove these classic works was made.” So very true. I am against censorship in any form. Both books had been previously banned from other school districts because of the language and, in the case of To Kill a Mockingbird, because of subject matter.

  14. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Two American classics removed from some school libraries, because some groups don’t like how their written. How should we handle the (African American)( politically correct) thugs that call each other the n-word daily. That is offensive to me. Should the African American race be eliminated because it’s people use the n-word. This country is full of thin skinned whiney assed people.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Great comment. Minnesota should be moved to California and kept there.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The twin cities is a hot bed of the ’40 virgins club’. Largest enclave in the US. Nobody cares up there. “Lets ban some books get the word out we’re about meaningful change’. Ok you do that as these imports are the biggest women gropers on the planet.

  16. Slippery slope Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    That’s what happens when your state is run by and filled with foreign n words. They welcome illegals with open arms, more problems soon to follow.

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    The “n” word…………………NIT!

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Yet it ok for black culture rap music to condone such usage. On Tv, radio, video games, etc. Stinks of basis greed. I suspect our founding fathers statues and such will be the next target of these dirt heads.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Ask a 2nd grader to pronounce a particular African nation on a wall map. These people need to work at changing that nations name. And call the Queen of England out on her countries slave ships that made this slavery possible in America. Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 11, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Dirt heads meaning Minnesotaites.