'Invisible Man' Gets Banned In a High School in North Carolina, Because That Makes Sense
On the cusp of next week's Banned Books Week — you know, the one in which we celebrate cast-off books by reading 'em — we already told you about a few schools that were taking the week a little too literally, yanking potentially beneficial children's titles from circulation.
Luckily, there's more news to heap on that pile. The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reports that Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man has been banned from a school libraries in a Randolph County, N.C. high school.
Yes, that's the same Invisible Man that won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953, and then in 2010 made TIME' s list of the All-TIME 100 Novels for being "the quintessential American picaresque of the 20th century."
The Board's action was prompted due to a 12-page statement from a parent, who said that the book,"is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers." Kimiyutta Parson wrote:
Board of Education member Gary Mason said of the title, “I didn’t find any literary value.”
So in a 5-2 vote on Monday night, which defeated a motion to keep Invisible Man on the approved reading list, there go all the copies of Invisible Man in the Randleman High School library... and a lot of our faith in good judgement with it.
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