Caught in the mousetrap
No book can be banned. But it’s important to point out that a predominant reason that classic books are now banned in US schools is the growing fear of racism and the use of the N-word in particular. All in heat over mouse should examine themselves and their hypocrisy.
The world has since heard that the McMinn County, Tennessee school board voted to remove it mouse from the eighth grade curriculum. The Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats while recounting the experiences of the author’s parents during the Holocaust. It’s a great tale of a nightmare and should be read by everyone.
Progressives are over in full rabid mode mouse and Tennessee in general, cranked up their Nazi meme generators and called for the ban mouse is a further step towards the end of democracy, which is already planned for November 2024. They ignore how their own underlying hypocrisy of “banning our stuff is good, yours is fascism” is not at all new, and I’m typing that quickly out of fear mouse Meme will fade before I’m done (this space was occupied last week by Neil Young’s attempt to delete Joe Rogan from Spotify, Dan Bongino and YouTube before that, and so on…).
Progressive temperaments aside, of course like most “banned” books in American schools, mouse is not really forbidden. Banning a book means owning it illegally or impossible to obtain. Instead of this, mouse was dropped from McMinn’s eighth grade curriculum. Of the almost infinite number of books out there, only a handful can be taught in a school year. You could call it curating or just creating a curriculum. But prohibition sounds meaner because it immediately conjures up the Hitler comparisons that progressives love so much. Expect someone on Twitter to call McMinn City Hall the Reichstag before the week is out. Nothing beats Nazi in progressive poker.
The real problem is always why a particular book is left out of a curriculum, because that reveals the real agenda. Of the top 10 “banned” books, progressive definitions of racism and use of the N-word are the reasons for half of them, includingBlueberry Finn, Killing a mockingbird, Of mice and men, One flew over the cuckoo’s nestand Lord of the flies.
Most other common prohibitions deal with old-fashioned norms about sexuality and profanity, such as The colour purple, and these books usually just migrate up a few grade levels to take care of it. Some on the McMinn school board even proposed mouse maybe work in a high school (no one in McMinn denies the Holocaust or requests that the subject itself not be taught). Such thinking seems a bit more thoughtful than progressives throwing away a classic story with a lot to say just because Huck makes an antiquated reference to his black friend.
Where is the Problem mouse in Tennessee? According to the school board, the book contained profanity and a depiction of a nude character. It seems this is pretty close to the same reasoning behind the ban on progressive schools Hucke Finn, only the words and pictures are, you know, different. Of course, progressives don’t believe the good people of Tennessee when they say they turn down words, knowing for sure that these inbred red-necked country cousins are anti-Semites in their empty hearts.
Nobody with an Oberlin degree wants to say that a Nazi who uses the word kike to show Aryan superiority comes anywhere near Piggy Lord of the flies, representing British imperialism and using the n-word to refer to savages as a sign of white supremacy. They also don’t want to talk about why we can write kike instead of “the k-word”. Banning schools is a safe bet Lord of the flies now add even more mouse to their curriculum. They have the intellectual depth of a touring company CATS.
People in McMinn County seem to take their education seriously. Their list of approved textbooks is published online, but not the novels read in lit classes. American history is taught using standard history omnibus editions from the non-controversial educational publishers McGraw and Pearson. The county is predominantly white and Baptist, something of a sin these days even, and has exactly zero known Jews.
McMinn’s EG Fisher Public Library has several copies of this mouse available. So for all you social media nitwits setting up GoFundMe flood copies of mouse in McMinn, relax, it’s already there (imagine a conservative group wallpapering Loudon County with it Hucke Finn). In fact, the McMinn Library has multiple copies of all the books that are most banned in American schools. You don’t have a copy of it Protocols of the Elders of ZionHowever.
The growing desire to ban books they don’t like isn’t limited to fiction. Progressives have campaigned against Abigail Shriers Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. “Stopping the proliferation of this book and these ideas is 100 percent hill to die on,” the ACLU’s Chase Strangio tweeted. And when Joe Rogan invited Shrier to discuss the book, Spotify staffers demanded that the interview be taken down from its platform.
If the classic Killing a mockingbird and other books on race were banned from the curriculum in the Burbank Unified School District LA times did not call it the work of a Nazi special task force but merely as a “debate” about how anti-racism can be taught. The same school also banned Hucke Finn and Of mice and men for their racist content and use of the N-word. The banned book campaign has been draped around false claims that a teenager learned the N-word from one of the now banned books before using it against another student. They also feared that reading a text written decades ago, a white teacher might pronounce in full what we must now call the N-word.
Like stalling my beer challenge, the New York Times Not a single comment was allowed in his online reporting about it mouse Crisis supports the decision of the school board. Comments like “It’s Tennessee. you have to let her go I know it’s hard, but red states are a different country in many ways.” “Tennessee! Well what do you expect, they got lost somewhere in the 15th century,” noting that kids in Tennessee don’t read good things anyway. The NYT also reminded readers that McMinn County is a short drive from Dayton, Tenn., the scene of the famous Scopes monkey trial, as if the two were somehow related in the hillbilly’s larger oeuvre.
So the conclusion is that both sides ban books, right? In progressive America, if that leads to it huck is not taught, serious people take it as progress. Take the same blunt tool and straighten it up mouse and it’s a sign of fascism because those NPR supporters who want tolerance and anti-racism taught hate the fact that there is even a white Baptist church and can’t see through their own hypocrisy.
Your McMinn County hate spirals ban a book for McMinn County are antisemites for McMinn County votes Republicans for McMinn County will help re-elect Trump for McMinn County is modern day fascism and must be stopped by any means necessary. It smacks of theocracy, although it sounds nice enough when phrased as “decisions that reflect our values.” It’s as simple as that. Hatred of others is always. Hardly any self-reflection in it my fight; The Nazis were also sure of their righteousness.
As with any challenge to free speech, the right answer is always more free speech, not less. Don’t ban words. Don’t ban books. Teach people to understand context and learn to spot bad things by revealing rather than hiding them. Let school children learn about hate, whether from Lord of the flies or mouse. If you’re afraid of words, they’re not the threat. You are.
Peter Van Buren is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Hooper’s War: A Novel of World War II Japan, and Ghosts by Tom Joad: A History of the 99 Percent.