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Banned Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

December 16, 2005

41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reason: represents institutionalized racism under the guise of ‘good literature’.

Aww…  It’s so cute when people ban books without reading them.

To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of Scout, a young girl growing up in the South during the Depression.  The story is intricate, slow as a hot summer day, and deeply moving when it comes down to the heart of the matter.  The story builds up to the trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.  There are ugly things in Scout’s life, but they are well balanced by the beauties of innocence and childhood.  And any person who reads the impassioned defense by Scout’s father of the accused black man and still believes that this book is racist hasn’t been paying attention.  The people of the town Scout lives in may be racist, but Scout herself learns a great deal about racism, classism, and the innocence of childhood in the three years cover by this novel.  A highly recommended read.

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