A school district in Mississippi is facing backlash after pulling Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird because it “makes people uncomfortable.” According to the Sun Herald, Biloxi School District administrators recently pulled the novel from its eighth grade curriculum after people complained about “some of the language” in the book.
“I think it is one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard, in that the themes in the story humanize all people regardless of their social status, education level, intellect, and of course, race,” one critic of the ban wrote in an email. “It would be difficult to find a time when it was more relevant than in days like these.”
To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and deals with rape and racial inequality in a small Southern town. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.