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Virginia high school banned “To Kill a Mockingbird” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:20 PM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
Well, I can't say I'm surprised by those who endorse and want to promote censorship.


You'd prefer promoting hatred and prejudice - - - that we've fought hard to evolve from?

Children don't need it.



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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:20 PM
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originally posted by: jimmyx

originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: DBCowboy

Very troubling. The racial slurs were used to paint a picture of the times, not to paint groups with offensive epithets. Ironically, this is a whitewash of history, not to mention censorship of classic literature.


it's one friggin highschool, not a whitewash of history. when religious high schools which contain hundreds of thousands of students, stop talking about god, the devil and angels being real, i'll listen.


Actually if you read the source, it's a whole school district.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:21 PM
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originally posted by: Metallicus

originally posted by: Pandaram
If is it offending, it should go.. this is not 1960 when racism is ok in America. Kids are stupid and use this words like its normal to use. Just like in the stupid book.

Isnt it isis flaqs are offencive to some btw?



Thank you, Adolf. Very insightful.


Didn't Adolf promote White Supremacy?

That's kinda what some of these old classics do too.


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:22 PM
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What the hell is going to happen to these kids that 'need to be protected' later in life?

"I can't come to work today, my side lost the election, and I am too sad."

"You can't fire me, that will hurt my feelings!"

This entire wussification has got to stop.


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:22 PM
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a reply to: DBCowboy

Here is a quote from the book. To me this is just meaning we all all humans. Some people would read this the wrong way in their head.



Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women - black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird #1)

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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:23 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

do you allways make crap up - or is your delusions just for ATS ?


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:23 PM
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a reply to: Annee

History is filled with hatred and prejudice.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a book that clearly illustrates overcoming it.

But continue justifying censorship.


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:23 PM
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Is it of any irony that the ones ok with banning or modification of classic literature are the same ones ok with burning the us flag?


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:24 PM
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originally posted by: Annee

originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Pandaram

Censorship is a denial of freedom of expression.


And Freedom of Expression does have limits.


Stalin thought so too.




posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:25 PM
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a reply to: jimmyx

That's a firm but quasi-religious excuse. You do realize that religions have always had their own banned books? So why would you excuse the same behavior?



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:25 PM
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a reply to: JinMI

Read my signature.




posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:26 PM
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originally posted by: Jdennis10
a reply to: DBCowboy

Here a quote from the book. To me this is just meaning we all all humans. Some people would read this the wrong way in their head.



Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women - black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird #1)


There is zero reason to even suggest separation like this to a child. Or to bring back words no longer used in common conversation.

Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women - black and white.

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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:29 PM
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There are a number of interesting things about banning books

First in the case of Huck Finn, there is a powerful message about not hating people in that book

Second, if you don't read literature as it was written, you lose perspective on how far we as a society have come in terms of rights for minorities.

Third, I think that it is necessary to have the perspective of history, accurately portrayed in order to understand the current state of our country.

You can't just sweep history, even unpleasant history, under the rug. Part of having a free society is the ability to review what has happened in the past.

I think think this is a great opportunity for all people to learn.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:29 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen

originally posted by: Annee

originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Pandaram

Censorship is a denial of freedom of expression.


And Freedom of Expression does have limits.


Stalin thought so too.



You still can't yell "Fire" in a crowded theater.

Shall we blame Stalin for that too?

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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:32 PM
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originally posted by: Annee

originally posted by: xuenchen

originally posted by: Annee

originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Pandaram

Censorship is a denial of freedom of expression.


And Freedom of Expression does have limits.


Stalin thought so too.



You still can't yell "Fire" in a crowded theater.




Hmmm, a book can't yell "fire" either.

It has to be actually, voluntarily read.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:32 PM
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Its a book and one that I personally don't enjoy.

Stupid precedent is being set here. People talk about how it should be "modernized," I can agree with this - to an extent.

Go play Grand Theft Auto V and if the "n word," offends you (I'm white btw) - you're gonna be in for a bad time. But it makes sense in the contextual storytelling there within.

However - there's a pretty obvious and explicit labeling system in place that determines content and the appropriate rating and it even outlines WHY said game has the rating.

I don't see this as a "bad," idea for books. It's the same concept of movies.

I for one do not see the purpose of high school students reading literature such as this - they're too young (for the most part) to really "understand," the concepts and tones laid out in books of a nature such as this.

As for "the book burning begins," - don't feed the trolls. Nothing of this is happening, at all, as a matter of fact - these high school kids could probably pull up an e-book version of this while at school.

Regardless this is stupid. Americans are downright retarded at times.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:33 PM
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originally posted by: Wildbob77
There are a number of interesting things about banning books

First in the case of Huck Finn, there is a powerful message about not hating people in that book


There are modified versions of these books available - - suitable for children.

Banning the original classics with their inappropriate wordings from a era gone by - - - is the right thing to do.


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:33 PM
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a reply to: DBCowboy

Oh man. I first read Mockingbird in 6th grade. You shoulda seen the books I was reading that would get me in trouble haha.

Quite a shame as it's wonderful writing with a wonderful message. Too bad people can't see the message part--maybe if they read more bewks instead of banning them.


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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:34 PM
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a reply to: Pandaram

Wow I'm shocked!

We were made to read the classics.

They taught us many things. Language when people still used words and sentences instead of texts and blogs.

It also taught us how we've grown as people. It taught the good the bad and the ugly. Helped us to understand where we came from and the suffering of all.

If we try to build a world where no one is offended you might as well lock everyone in their little box and keep them there. We need to learn how to deal with things and learn from them....no erase what hurts our feelings.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 03:34 PM
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a reply to: Wildbob77

Well said.

With that said - do you think high school students see it that way or even remotely care?

I can guarantee you - they don't. They care about Call of Duty, weed/alcohol, watching TV, porn, and sports.

You don't have to burn books. Just get people to stop reading them or caring to read them.



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