Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ironic or Ridiculous?


The mother of a South Fork High School student has taken up a lost cause by trying to ban The Catcher in the Rye from the entire school district, states Eve Samples in an article on September 25th.  Of course, the mother didn't start the campaign the moment that her son brought home the book.  No, first of all she asked that he be able to read a different book, a request the school complied with.  Her son is now reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, book #14, on the ALA's most challenged books of the last decade.  Somehow it's better than Catcher because instead of using the "F" word and taking the Lord's name in vain, it only uses "nigger" upwards of 200 times.  I ask you, how is this considered a suitable replacement?  Not only that, but why, after giving her son a different text, is she now campaigning to remove Catcher from classrooms across the district?  In the article, Samples claims, "I doubt any supporter of the First Amendment would take up her cause."  I concur.  What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. Curious. It does seem odd that having an alternate reading choice isn't enough. I would also much rather have my child (not that I have one) reading a text with the F-word than the N-word.