A school board in Ontario, Canada has pressured teachers not to teach the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” due to its “violent and oppressive” nature towards black students.
It also features a “white savior” which makes the story’s black characters appear “less than human.”
The National Post reports schools in the Toronto suburb of Peel received a directive noting “The use of racist texts as entry points into discussions about racism is hardly for the benefit of black students who already experience racism.
“This should give us pause — who does the use of these texts centre? Who does it serve? Why do we continue to teach them?”
The message conflated the book’s use of the N-word to “violence,” and states that complaints about censorship is a “poor reason” for keeping a racist book in use.
However, the school board denies the memo is a call for a ban … or an argument against using the novel.