Put ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Back on Library Shelves

Target: Kenny Holoway, Vice President of the Biloxi School District, Mississippi

Goal: End ban on To Kill a Mockingbird in Mississippi schools.

Several Mississippi schools have banned Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. This book has long been lauded as an American masterpiece because of its honest portrayal of racism through the eyes of a young narrator. Now, young students will never be privy to the same lessons.

Banning To Kill a Mockingbird from the hands of students will not help them. It will only harm them and rob them of the lessons the novel is so masterfully able to teach. The book was banned because it “makes people uncomfortable.” However, that is the point of the novel.

To Kill a Mockingbird is supposed to make people uncomfortable with racism because, unfortunately, too many people have become comfortable with it. It is important to teach young people the danger and harm racism can cause, not shelter them from it. Sign the petition and demand that the novel be placed back on school library shelves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Holoway,

The American masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird was banned from the shelves of your school’s libraries because it “made people uncomfortable.” However, people are not supposed to be comfortable with racism. By banning the book from your schools, you’ve robbed your students of a valuable lesson about that dangers of racism.

There are no better readers for Harper Lee’s novel than schoolchildren. I demand that you put To Kill a Mockingbird back on the shelves of your school libraries so that your students can learn from its lessons.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. How stupid! Put it back! Fantastic book- don’t deprive students because some tender flower feels uncomfortable. This sort of thing happened whether you try to cover it up or not. Grow up!

  2. Unfortunately this is how things are going – upset someone or make them uncomfortable, so do away with it. Honestly, grow up, get a backbone, and use your commonsense. Read it or don’t, but don’t deprive others from reading it.

  3. How ridiculous! If anyone wants to read this book they can borrow a copy from the public library or buy it on-line. So go ahead and keep it out of the school’s library. More young people will be influenced to read it by your stupid restriction than if it was left in the school’s library and you ORDERED them to read it.

  4. Too many people get their head in a knot for the wrong things! How undemocratic to ban books! This is a step backwards. The word racism has become a neon sign for those who need to feel important! Get a life! Is America not fighting all over the world for Freedom and Democracy? So why do YOU people stomp on it?

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