As a full-time sixth-grade substitute teacher, I have discovered that the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book “To Kill a Mockingbird” has multiple usages of the N-word. As a little southeast-Alabama kid in 1960, I heard this word daily from my dad (who was born in Clio, Alabama, like former Gov. George C. Wallace) and many childhood friends. In this ‘age of protest,’ how does this book continue to be assigned in schools unchallenged? How can we allow it in our public classrooms for innocent minds to read and learn? One of the lines in this book inspires me: “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” This book was a Pulitzer-Prize winner in 1960 when racism was a way of life in Alabama. Maybe it’s time for a change.
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