By examining the profanity, racial content, and references to rape, it’s deemed inappropriate for teens to read and is banned from several school libraries and lessons in school. Does the moral lesson of the story outweigh the so called inappropriate content of the book? Many people would agree with me if I said that To Kill a Mockingbird has a lesson in the story that every child should read and learn
Discussing the difficulties that Frederick Douglass and other slaves have encountered during the first half of the 19th century. The struggles are being told in “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass. The main obstacle was learning to read and write and being stripped from that experience so African-Americans don’t become educated. Fearing the ideas of their owned slaves surpassing them in intelligence and overthrowing them. But comparing that to of “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X of the mid-20th century where slavery ended but racism is still America’s greatest threat.
Profanity was used from Goddamn to F*** ***. But this shouldn’t be the only reason that the book should be banned. Other books such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn also use profanity, inappropriate, and sensitive language, but the books are arguably great books from its time and are a great learning tool, teaching about the relationship between the Blacks and Whites. The book also has
People of the town including children refer to black people as “Niggers”, and raised to think of black people as lower class individuals. “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a strong message towards racism, this is learned from Scout & Jem as they mature throughout the novel and are constantly being exposed to demeaning segregation in Maycomb County. In giving Scout a lesson about racism, Atticus also does the same for the readers of the novel. This happens when Scout asks Atticus what the term ‘Nigger-lover” meant, after being insulted several of times and not knowing if it is an offensive word or not, but had a slight feeling it was when Atticus was being called at. A quote from the novel: "nigger-lover is
starts his pieces by highlighting the values and good education taught at The Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Forman continues to introduce the main problem which is racial profiling by the police. He explains that racial profiling is an obstacle for the students at Maya Angelou which ethnicity is mostly blacks or African Americans. Furthermore, Forman discusses how conservatives want “color-blindness” which mean that we all should have the same rights, however, he argues that racial profiling contradicts this idea.
Standardized testing has become a very controversial topic amongst the nation. There are two sides, one that agrees that these tests are doing well for students and school officials, and another that argues that these tests are hurting the students taking them and should be put to a stop. Norman R. Augustine wrote an article for the need of standardized testing, and Jessie B. Ramey States the ways that the tests are impairing the learning capability of the students. Norman uses three arguments that people opposing the standardized test would most often use.
Kelley, is an opinion essay about the treatment of “people of color” by United States law enforcement, in a historical and modern sense. This essay was very eye opening to me personally, because I have been somewhat sheltered to this in school and at home. The author’s experience showed me how awful police treatment can be, even if no crime was committed. The historical perspective of the essay showed me that we as a nation have progressed, in terms of race relations, but we still have a long way to go. The essay often discusses how bad things were in the south, which made me think about my family history, coming from a small town in the southeast corner of Tennessee.
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them.
This type of person that taught this way is called Dunginite, this name derives from the Dunning School; the Dunning School was invented by a handful of conservative history professors back during reconstruction. Dunginites believed that Black suffrage was a sham and that states that relied on Black votes were corrupt. You can imagine how at a young age being taught this can alter that way children view reconstruction. When I was little I believed in Santa, the Toothfairy and Ghosts. The logic of this approach is that if this was taught to all of kids in America then everyone would discriminate Black people nationwide, and unfortunately this was the case in most places.
America, the land of the free, but is that true? The book The New Jim Crow raises many questions and forces its readers to reconsider the way we think about our judicial systems. Michelle Alexander brings up 6 main themes that we need to consider, the first one being The New Jim Crow. This is the main theme of the author’s work. She believes that our current American system of mass incarceration due to the rise in drug related arrested, is an attempt to neglect people of color, the same way that the Jim Crow laws had targeted African Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Don’t censor To Kill a Mockingbird Rosa Parks once said, “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird the author Harper Lee uses the n-word 48 times and negro 54 times. This alone could cause readers to feel uncomfortable, along with the vulgar language and references to sexual activities. Some people may think that the best solution to these problems are to take out these words and censor the whole book.
As the ideals of the country changed, it was later challenged due to "undesirable racial language.” Free speech is not the enemy of social progress – censorship is the enemy of social progress. Our libraries, schools, and internet must remain a haven for liberties and freedoms. If society continues to allow educational institutes to display and teach materials deemed worthy enough to allow students to think critically and learn from the mistakes of the past, no matter how “politically incorrect” the books may be, America will be stronger because diversity of opinion exists and freedom
The book was challenged by a middle school in Brentwood, Tennessee in 2006 because the book contains “profanity” and “contains adult themes such as rape and incest.” The complaints also say that the book promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.” The people that say that are people that are trying to ‘protect’ other people from knowing and understanding what happened in the past because they believe that if they do know and understand what happened in the past then they will become racist and believe in white supremacy. These kinds of people are like the Holocaust deniers who believe that six million Jews where not murdered despite all of the evidence against that. George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember the past are bound to repeat it.”
Lee doesn’t leave the readers to play the guessing game this time on whether he will walk free or be found guilty. This is racist and discriminatory Maycomb, Alabama. The reader is already told he will not walk free. Scout, like the reader, learns that despite every piece of evidence rendering the raping of Ms. Mayella Ewell an impossible happenstance, life is simply just never
It’s one of the most terrible stories in history. Time for arithmetic, children.” because Miss Gates is telling Cecil that Jews were taken out of their country because of their beliefs this wasn 't justice because they didn’t do anything bad to get kicked out of there home . She is basically being hypocritical by saying that it was wrong a thing but she thinks it 's okay to discriminate african americans.