HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » MrScorpio » Journal
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

MrScorpio

Profile Information

Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 60,483

Journal Archives

Ralph Ellison’s race classic “Invisible Man” banned in North Carolina

The novel has been banned after having been assigned as summer reading in a district under fire for school prayer



BY DANIEL D'ADDARIO


Students in Randolph County, North Carolina won’t have access to “Invisible Man.”

That county’s board of education voted 5-2 this week to remove all copies of the Ralph Ellison novel from school libraries, following a parental complaint about the book’s content and language when it was assigned as summer reading in local Randleman High School. “It was a hard read,” said board chair Tommy McDonald, who voted in favor of the ban.

Another board member said, “I didn’t find any literary value.”

“Invisible Man,” which won the National Book Award upon its 1953 publication and which has a place on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century, appraises the social conditions surrounding blacks in the decades before the eventual civli rights movement; the protagonist is invisible because white society refuses to see him.

The book’s fate is uncertain; a Randleman High School committee has recommended the book remain on shelves there. Randleman has recently been a flashpoint for civil liberties, with the ACLU demanding this month that the school stop invocations of the Lord’s Prayer at football games.

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

http://www.salon.com/2013/09/19/ralph_ellisons_race_classic_invisible_man_banned_in_north_carolina/

Top Ten Facts About Obamacare

Bill Brasky is a son of a bitch!

When God said, "Let there be light", Bill Brasky took a Zippo to one of his farts.
We've been living in its afterglow ever since.

I once saw Brasky swallow an elephant whole. The elephant thanked him for the privilege.

Bill Brasky shot a porno movie once, but they couldn't release it because they ran out of X's.

Robert Palmer - Dance for me

Cat Facts...

Bonzai...

My latest show - Enjoy!

http://www.mixcloud.com/Mr_Scorpio/mrscorpios-house-fire-podcast-69-end-o-summer-edition-broadcast-20-september-2013/

Elvis Costello and The Roots - Cinco Minutos Con Vos

Salaam Remi Feat. Corinne Bailey Rae - Making It Hard for Me

Jamiroquai - Little L

Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 ... 384 Next »