Parent Wants ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Banned Because N-Word ‘Numbs The Reader’

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

A parent wants “To Kill A Mockingbird” banned because racial slurs give “power over people of color,” according to a Thursday report.

Tujama Kameeta, who has a son at Monona Grove High School in Monona, Wisc., is trying to get the school to ban the book due to its racial slurs, reported Madison 365. The school will conduct a formal review process of author Harper Lee’s classic book.

“The n-word is used so many times that it numbs the readers to its potency,” said Kameeta in a statement obtained by Madison 365. “Reading the book just perpetuates racists thoughts and attitudes in a school district that actively discriminates against children of color.”

“We feel they are actually teaching kids to use racial slurs,” explained the parent. “They haven’t grown up seeing those words used that way. They’re learning to put those words together to use them for power over people of color.”

Kameeta believes that Atticus Finch “reinforces the Hollywood stereotype of the white savior” and complained about what he perceived to be a lack of black agency in the book. The parent claimed the existence of racial inequality in the 83 percent white Monona Grove School District, noting that white student literacy increased while black student literacy decreased in the region from 2016 to 2017.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Monona Grove School District for comment, but received none in time for press.

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