In a divided time, can we afford to read books like "Huck Finn" -- or can we afford not to?
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2 December 2018
Yes, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird are among the most banned books in schools and have been for decades.
Well, here's an A+ book report any student capable of critical thinking could write about each of these stories.
"BLACK LIVES MATTER TOO!!!"
Both authors bravely confronted and attempted to expose the facts that LIKE IN OUR OWN TIMES, Blacks have suffered too much sh-- , racism, and inequality from too many in the dominant culture.
Both authors created stories that put the sins of racism front and center and truthfully in our faces. And, each chose children as the witnesses and recorders of those horrific sins.
Some somehow believe that our children should hate the book when the point of each story is to expose hatred.
Both Huck Finn and Scout Finch and all of our children must sooner, rather than later, come to understand the harsh realities of racism's indefensible victimization of innocents.
Both books are generally taught in high school. By that age, aren't students old enough to begin learning such lessons? If not, when will they be?
If we believe that high school students are not old enough to begin facing the harsh reality of life and believe banning these books somehow protects them from facing those harsh realities of racism, when will they be ready to accept their adult responsibility of confronting our unfinished business of pursuing Liberty and Justice FOR ALL?
Each novel has only one primary black character; Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird are victims and powerless to do anything about their victimization because they lived in times when there was still work to be done to ensure that all citizens have the right to expect life, liberty, and JUSTICE FOR ALL.
Final Exam Question:
After reading The Adventures in Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird, explain your level of empathy for Jim, Huck, and how that empathy might be expressed best given today's news.
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