Saturday, December 03, 2016

Virginia school system bans "Huck Finn" and "Mockingbird" over supposed racial slurs


Bad boy Milo Yiannopolous (Breitbart editor, banned from Twitter, etc, and rather like Shane Lyons in "Judas Kiss" although the actor who plays that character is a great person) has noted on his own Wordpress blog site that a country on the Virginia shore (the isthmus below Maryland, Accomack county) has banned both "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens, post here. What about "Tom Sawyer".  I read that in 11th grade.  I read Huck in college freshman English.

I reacted with a comment pointing out a passage in "Huckleberry Finn" in Chapter 8, Page 6, according to Spark Notes (which literature teachers view as a source of cheating). It's the passage where Jim says, if you have hairy arms and a hairy chest, you will be rich.  It sounds like a substitute for being a Caucasian male (even if you look at the old World Book Encyclopedia article on race, where Caucasian body hair is "profuse" and all other races is "sparse").

Milo, by the way, says he has given up smoking by sheer will power. Good and virtuous for him.

It's worth noting that Atticus Finch, the lawyer who loses the case defending Tom Robinson, was mentioned as a major judicial influence by the federal judge who presided over Timothy McVeigh's trial (link). The character however shows racist tendencies anyway in the shocking sequel (but written first) "Go Set a Watchman" published in 2015. 

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