Democratic state Assembly members in New Jersey are looking to take control of what children in the state learn, and some of that involves removing lessons America has been teaching children for generations.
Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Jamel Holley have filed a resolution to remove Mark Twain’s 1884 novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” from all of the state’s schools.
The two cite “the novel’s use of a racial slur and its depictions of racist attitudes can cause students to feel upset, marginalized or humiliated and can create an uncomfortable atmosphere in the classroom.” as reasoning to remove the literary classic from schools.
However many argue that it’s that same discomfort that affords the opportunity to learn from the past and have intelligent discussions on racial equality in the present.
The National Coalition Against Censorship said on the matter, “While it is understandable that a novel that repeatedly uses a highly offensive racial slur would generate discomfort among some parents and students, the problems of living in a society where racial tensions persist will not be resolved by banishing literary classics from the classroom.”
So far school in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Minnesota, and Mississippi have all removed the book from their curriculum.