Social justice warriors can claim victory at a public school in Virginia after they demanded two classic American novels be pulled from the classroom and library.
NBC New York reported on Thursday that Accomack County Public Schools have temporarily removed To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Their reason for removal is that both books contain racial slurs that were common for the time that they were written.
A committee that includes the school’s principal, librarian, teacher, and a parent will review the complaint later this month and make a recommendation to the superintendent.
Ironically, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the segregated South who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Finch puts his entire reputation on the line by defending the black man because he believes he’s innocent. It’s a strong story about honor and truth fighting against an unjust system and racism.
None of that seems to matter to this social justice parent — because while morals are good, bad words offend people, and there’s no greater crime than hurting someone’s feelings.