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Nolan Out Loud: Ban the book banners

Nolan Finley   | The Detroit News

Book banning is back in fashion in California.

The folks who run the Burbank public schools have outlawed several classics for being racist, among them: To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men.

This is outrageous ignorance. All three books are powerful challenges to racism. 

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn explores the internal struggles of a boy coming to the recognition of the humanity of a slave.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's masterpiece, is a direct assault on the Jim Crow  legal system and one man's courage in standing against the mob to confront it. It has particular relevance to the Black Lives Movement. 

And John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men attempts to explain what it means to be human.

All three use the vernacular of the times in which the novels are set. And that's the root of the objections. It's obviously the only parts of the book the Burbank censors read.

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