“It’s a Sin To Kill A Mockingbird”: Canadian School Board Denounces American Classic As “Violent and Oppressive For Black Students”

To_Kill_a_MockingbirdOne of the largest Ontario school boards has sent out a warning to teachers that they should steer away from assigning the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The memo rejects the book for how its “white saviour” makes less characters look “less than human.” It also cites the use of the “N word” and its violent scenes as reasons to reject the book.  We have previously discussed other efforts to ban the book.  This is how school officials know sin. It is when they actively seek to discourage the reading of great literary works to “protect” students from the depictions of harsh realities and dehumanizing conditions. Atticus said  “remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 

The memo states that “The use of racist texts as entry points into discussions about racism is hardly for the benefit of black students who already experience racism.This should give us pause — who does the use of these texts centre? Who does it serve? Why do we continue to teach them?”

For one thing, it is a literary masterpiece that captures the racism and violence of a critical period in this country.  Harper Lee incorporated her own experience growing up in the South to produce a powerful work against racism.   As Atticus stated in the novel, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

The memo brushes aside the literary value of the work as well as free speech concerns: “The idea that banning books is about censorship and that censorship limits free speech is often decried as a poor reason to keep the novel on schools’ reading lists as its racist themes make it violent and oppressive for black students.”

The book is not violent and oppressive for black students. It depicts a violent and oppressive age that teaches future generations about the realities of racism. The book in not being kept on reading lists to avoid censorship. It is on such lists because it is an American masterpiece. The circular logic of the school board seems to be that the concern over censoring a book cannot be a reason for not censoring a book and thus you can censor the book.

While the board insists it is not banning the book, teachers have complained that the message is clear for them not to assign the book.

What is most frustrating is that all of the points raised by the board would make for a wonderful classroom discussion about the book. Instead, the school board is trying to prevent students from being exposed to the work.

When Scout later asks Miss Maudie  about what her father said (and how she had never heard him speak of a “sin”), Maudie responded “Your father’s right.  Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

The same is true in trying to kill a great novel. It is the greatest sin of all for any educator.


116 thoughts on ““It’s a Sin To Kill A Mockingbird”: Canadian School Board Denounces American Classic As “Violent and Oppressive For Black Students””

  1. A lot of cherished beliefs subsist on ignorance.
    Oftentimes education does not penetrate too deply for fear of stepping on important toes.


    Well, nobody would suggest today that kids in school read the Bible. So that is much unknown. But they read other gory tales instead; a much recommended book is Night by Elie Weisel, which is Holocaust literature; in his story the Nazis take the role of genocidial killers instead of the Israelites.

    I have discussed this with kids at various times who are generally ignorant of herem, the ban, which comes from the Levitical curse on idolators.

    Young minds are malleable, and quick to see the irony. When the Israelites slaughtered the Canaanites it was God’s will; but when the Hellenists or the Romans or the Germans oppressed the Jews it was not God’s will. As if God was giving orders on who to kill at some times, and other times off busy with other things, not interested in whatever fights His children were having.

    Older people are often dull and can’t find anything to ponder in these juxtapositions. Christians view it heresy, and Jews view it as antisemitism. At times it seems the life of a thinking person is lonely.

    I find the current moment of “METOO” and its abundant and sometimes false accusations to be an interested juxtaposition to “Kill a Mockingbird.” I remember when Harper’s book was almost holy writ in school to inculcate hatred of the bigoted low class southernor type. All high school kids in my time had to read it. Now it offends both the feminists who chant “believe women” and equally so the ignoramuses who want to sanitize the record of any hint of the segregated past whatsoever. In this thing the ship of leftist dogma founders in the cross winds of changing ideological fashions.

  2. from Joshua, Chapter 6, concerning the extermination of the people of Jericho:

    16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.

    17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

    18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

    19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.

    20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

    21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

    22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.

    23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.

    24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.

    25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

    King James Version (KJV)
    Public Domain


    People read this, they might get some crazy ideas!

    I always find it interesting that the only enemy saved was the traitor, the sex worker Rahab

    this might be the “genesis” of the idea in immigration law of the “T-Visa”
    (trafficking victim visa)

      1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me twenty-one citations (one from the OED and two from the Old Testament) and the source of a quotation, after twenty weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – I expect at least two citations to back up this claim, David. Since you won’t I have already promoted you to God Emperor or Making Stuff Up.

          1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me twenty-one citations (one from the OED and two from the Old Testament) and the source of a quotation, after twenty weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – I believe the Book of Moses as much as I do Egyptian hieroglyphics.

            1. Paul C Schulte (aka Cray-Zee) should be banned for harassing David B. Benson. This has gone on long enough.

              1. commented – when David Benson has response like Making Stuff Up on a regular basis, he deserves to be taunted. I do not harass. Asking for a citation is not harassment.

  3. Such literary works are an important foundation of the education of American youth. If our kids were only to read happy love joy books, they will be unsuited as citizens to thoughtfully regard larger issues. To Kill a Mockingbird is apropos today as one of its themes deals with the woman’s debunked claim of sexual assault. When she was disproven, she cried that unless the jury convicted the accused, they supported rape. Sound familiar? It also discusses the need to understand other people’s experiences and their points of view. All relevant.

    One final note is that the book allows students of all races an inside view of what it was really like to live in a society where your skin color and gender were evidence of your guilt. Our version of the caste system.

    When I read The Crucible and To Kill a Mockingbird, I remember thinking, that could never happen today in our just society. We have laws to protect the innocent. I’ll wager most people felt the injustice of the plots. And yet, so many make similar mistakes in recent times rushing to judgement based on feelings alone.

    Should The Help, The Shape of Water, and Hidden Figures be banned because they, too, dealt with uncomfortable truths. What about Amistad?

    The education system should produce critical thinkers. Instead it producers intellectual timidity in graduates who mistake ad hominem for debate.

    1. Uh, reading comprehension is very important, but it takes practice. “American youth” have nothing to do with this red-meat story. The school board involved was in Ontario–that’s Canada. Curiously, the title of the post actually uses the word “Canadian” to identify which entity was taking action. So sorry for your loss.

      this is to “well, I gots ta preach anyway, for awhile” karen

      1. Marky Mark Mark – the NPC ignores that this site habitually gets its titles wrong.

  4. I first read “To Kill a Mockingbird” when I was a teenager, enjoying it immensely, not just for its entertainment value but as much for its moral and historical significance.

    However, just because a story had gone viral at its launch, doesn’t make it a masterpiece. Even if it would be a masterpiece, credit has to go to the many talented editors who spent more than a year cleaning up the original manuscript that could only be described as a train wreck.

    Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” isn’t a particularly good book, yet it was immensely popular, selling more than a million copies in its time, a feat comparable to selling a billion copies today, not because it was a masterpiece but because it had resonated with growing sentiment against slavery, something a majority of the population wanted to engage, eventually setting the stage for the Civil War.

    In the same way, Mockingbird went viral because it had resonated not with anything to do with slavery but with the growing sentiment against racial discrimination, thanks to the mass introduction of television during the 1950s, illuminating and putting a face on a filthy side of American history that was virtually foreign to a majority of the contemporary population. Where television brought awareness about discrimination, Mockingbird dramatized racism from the point of view of a pre-adolescent girl with immense empathy for the dispossessed, in the vein of classic Russian literature, empathy that was shared by a majority of the population, public opinion eventually forcing Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    In the same way that the Antebellum South had deprived slaves of God-given civil rights, Canadian school board censors today are repeating a dark history, not by controlling student’s bodies but by controlling minds, for no other purpose but to further an extreme Leftist agenda that includes, among other things, holding all white people accountable today for all sins in history, never mind that as many non-whites in history, including Blacks, had been responsible for slavery, too.

    Radical liberal censors need to be sent packing in the same way that abolitionists drove slave owners from the face of America.

    Leftist can’t or won’t acknowledge that emancipation of slaves really began with Christianity, when Jesus began His ministry in Nazareth with these words: The Spirit of the Lord is on Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and release to the oppressed. Luke 4:18

    Before Jesus, heathen nations everywhere despised manual labor, preferring to exploit the weak and poor to do the heavy lifting and dirty work, while masters basked in the sun when they weren’t porking one of their 50 wives. Every other person in the Roman Empire during Jesus’ time was a slave. Think Spartacus, leader of an army of runaway slaves that shook Italy in 73-71 BC. Three-quarters of Greeks in Athens were slaves, a place where ownership of fifty slaves meant wealth. Egyptian slaves built the pyramids. It was a horrible time to be alive if you were not a slave owner.

    Then along came Jesus, the carpenter who made work fashionable by dignifying the use of the saw, hammer, chisel, plane and axe, who didn’t just preach emancipation but actually practiced it. Naturally, every slave in the world loved Jesus because He was lashing out against the entrenched, slave-owning, Leftist establishment. And when Jesus got too popular, a threat to the elites and entrenched establishment, well, they crucified him.

    1. the point of view of a pre-adolescent girl with immense empathy for the dispossessed,

      The character was a tomboy, otherwise ordinary.

    2. Interesting ideas, Vinegart, thank you

      of course Manumission, the freeing of slaves, existed well before Jesus, it was part of the social institution of slavery, that sometimes slaves were freed. they could be freed by masters; in some cases they could buy their own emancipation; and of course captive slaves of a different tribe than their masters, who were recaptured by their own people were often thus freed

      The ancient Greeks had a symbol for Liberty and it was a woman wearing a Phyrigian cap


      when the Romans reduced Jerusalem to Rubble, Vespasianus introduced a coin to commerorate “Judea Capta” ,,,, observe the cap on the seated lady


      I never thought Jesus came to emancipate slaves. I have heard that a lot but I am aware of the injunction “slaves obey your masters” and so took that at face value. But i am simple that way.

      1. Interesting comments you make.

        Yes, there was effort to free slaves before Jesus, but only Jesus’ efforts went viral enough to outlast institutional slavery.

          1. I could look it up, but I do know that it was 5 or so years prior to the Civil War.

    3. Vinegart

      Are you saying that unless something is promoted by FOX/trumpsters, it’s a leftist plot?

  5. The Left is dissolving itself in an orgy of mindless political correctness. But I do like one part of this:

    “The memo rejects the book for how its “white saviour” makes less characters look “less than human.””

    OH, how I hope Blacks get tired of white people playing “saviour” to them. All the Democrat posers would be out of work, and have to go find some new cause celebre. Because I think that sick desire to play Freedom Rider in 2018 is one of the things that motivates sooo many Liberals. It permits them to overlook the reality of a 77% black illegitimate birth rate, and instead light on stupid stuff like Institutionalized Racism and White Privilege.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. Ah! More claptrap from the resident cross-burner. I’m not sure what you refer to by “left”; but the book action was taken by a Canadian school board. You also reference “Democrats” although I’m quite certain that there are very few card-carrying members of the Democratic Party residing in Canada. But at least you were able to issue today’s Stormtrooper nonsense even though you came out looking like more of an idiot than usual.

      to “I gots a 2-fer special on pillowcases at the white sale down to the piggly wiggly” squeeKKK

      1. Marky Mark Mark – a glitch in the NPC script incorrectly identifies anyone who is not a Democrat as a Stormtrooper. Massive programmer error. Hopefully the next patch will catch this.

        1. immediately reminded me of the old tom and jerry show


          i think megyn got fired for something like that…. we arent allowed to think or laugh or do anything naughty anymore, any verbal slip up can get you fired.

          what a pathetic, narrow, sanitized existence is being forced upon us
          but, it’s considered necessary to accommodate diversity which, as I am sure all will agree, is our greatest strength

  6. I would have thought they would ban it on the ground that Atticus Finch was a patriarchal monster who encouraged the jury not to believe Mayella unconditionally.

  7. “The use of racist texts as entry points into discussions about racism is hardly for the benefit of black students who already experience racism.This should give us pause — who does the use of these texts centre? Who does it serve? Why do we continue to teach them?”

    If this school board cannot grasp the important lessons to learn regarding racism, perhaps they could focus on the other important lesson to learn that was on full display in our country a month ago; the presumption of innocence. Tom Robinson was perceived guilty before he ever went to trial. All evidence proved he was innocent. But racism wouldn’t convince the jury otherwise. Brett Kavanaugh nearly met the same fate, without a shred of evidence. And still might.

    There’s a lot to learn from To Kill a Mockingbird.

  8. Spot-on, Prof. Turley. Thank you.

    The Canadians and most of the rest of the world, including the U.S. Democrat Party, are so eaten up with political correctness that they can’t think straight.

  9. Another item for the ‘liberals are officious jack-wagons’ file. There are quite a number of malignant people in responsible positions in the world of education.

    BTW, To Kill a Mockingbird won the ‘Great American Read’. This asinine Ontario school board has a target, and that target is you. Canada and the United States have a number of things in common, and one is that we are both under the rule of an administrative class which despises ordinary people. Time to depose them and exile them.

  10. “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”

  11. The school board will go to Hell in a handbasket–carried by students. Many books get censored in America for the same reason. Mark Twain novels. Go look on the book shelves. My local public library discarded a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin titled Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream. Can’t have no Texan put on a pedestal round here. New Bern,NC.

  12. Please leave the Canadians alone. These are the people who are housing their illegal aliens in a Radisson Hotel at a cost of $9m. You cannot expect them to make sense.

  13. R. Lien – another NPC has suddenly shown up in the game. You really need to go back for script repair since your statement to the players does not make logical sense.

    1. Lien is another of DIane’s sock-puppets. Darren needs to hose this place down.

      1. You’re an idiot, DSS. You offer nothing of substance while complaining that everyone who disagrees with you is Diane.

        Your ability to observe and deduce information is laughably lacking.

    2. Such a fool you are, PCS.

      It’s great fun to see you grab the newest acronym of your shriveled brethren and use it so frequently.

      You don’t have an original thought about anything — you just chant the latest points from the deep well of the absurd.

      1. R. Lien – I only identify the NPCs, like you. You have not had an independent thought since you have been on here. Actually, mostly what you do as an NPC is attack others and use ad hominems.

          1. I think Diane’s now using 4 handles, not including the ones she’s retired. Sometimes one of her sock-puppets talks to the other.

      2. R.Lien is correct. PCS is a fool. And DSS is an idiot. It gets old. (And then there’s Allan.)

        As the saying goes: Basta!

        1. There is always Allan who carries just one alias and doesn’t hide behind the generic alias that pops up when one’s profile suddenly disappears. It sounds perfectly reasonable to assume Anonymous, Diane (Late 4) and R. Lien (or perhaps Arlene) are all the same person. It doesn’t much matter because they all have one thing in common. They don’t debate the news of the blog and all have acted in the same “bitchy” fashion.

  14. This is what happens when virtue signaling bureaucrats have too much time on their hands.

    Hopefully their actions will increase the popularity of the book for interested teenagers.

    I much would like to see at least one educator assign this book as mandatory reading and explain why it is necessary to combat censorship, especially at this particular school district. Tell them the truth of what is happening. It would be a worthwhile lesson.

  15. Good luck with this! As an English major throughout high school, college, and graduate school, most novels by American authors reflected the social and political problems of the times. There’s hardly one book written by a white American author that doesn’t contain the N-word. How about Huckleberry Finn, a novel on one of my reading lists almost every year? The Grandissimes, George Washington Cable? And when you get into masterpieces by black authors, the societal portraits will make your blood curdle–Invisible Man, Ellison; Native Son, Richard Wright, Manchild of the Promised Land, Brown, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry. These novels aren’t racist tracts produced by members of hate groups; they are works of art that reveal a lot about this country and its people and with a good teacher, provide rich material for learning and enlightenment. I couldn’t have been an English major if I’d been “protected” from reading these books.

    1. Hate is part of the human experience too. the Old Testament chronicles abundant hate and genocide. Should it be banned?

      Every memoir of war is written by a hate group, an army; now let’s ban Xenophon’s Anabasis; erich marie remarque, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” ernst junger, “Storm of Steel”

      not that American students read those books much, but they should

      By Charles Moore 8:18PM GMT 02 Mar 2014
      As the First World War centenary approaches, there has been excessive attention paid to Britain’s role in the conflict. There has also been a tendency to take sides about whether it need have been fought at all – witness last week’s spirited set-to on the BBC between Max Hastings and Niall Ferguson.

      Both of these emphases are only natural, but it does not make sense to talk about the first total war in history as if it was just Tommy vs Fritz. Nor is history best understood by arguing about who was right. The most difficult and fascinating thing is to grasp what history was like for the people who lived it. This is never truer than of war, an experience so extreme that even those who have known one struggle to make sense of what they encountered.

      So I propose in this column to review, for the centenary, a few works which make us see the Great War with different eyes. I start with Storm of Steel. Although Ernst Jünger’s book has been famous in Germany for many years – Hitler was an admirer – and is widely praised, I find that few people in Britain know it. It is undoubtedly the most powerful memoir of any war I have ever read.

      Jünger volunteered on August 1 1914, got off the train to the front on December 27 that year, and fought right through in France and Flanders until September 1918, when he was hit in the chest by a British bullet. In the course of the war, he was wounded at least 14 times. He lived to attend the extraordinary occasion at Verdun in 1984 when the German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, and the French president, François Mitterrand, held hands in reconciliation. He died in 1998, aged 102.

      Storm of Steel is based on Jünger’s diary, which he worked – and frequently re-edited – into a piece of continuous prose. It combines the most astonishing literary gifts with absorption with war in every detail. It has German loyalties and a German sensibility, but not a trace of propaganda. It is particular, yet universal.

      The book has little background. It barely touches on politics, home life or human love (except comradeship). It is about what war is, for a soldier. On Jünger’s very first day, shells fall near his quarters: “I was amazed at the way the men around me seemed to cower while running at full pelt, as though under some frightful threat. The whole thing struck me as faintly ridiculous, in the way of seeing people doing things one doesn’t properly understand.” By September 1918, he does properly understand; the reader almost feels that he does too.

      Here are a couple of scenes and images: “From the meadow arose exotic calls and cries for help. The voices were like those that frogs make in the grass after a rainstorm. In the tall grass we discovered a line of dead and three wounded who threw themselves at our feet and begged us for mercy. They seemed to be convinced that we would massacre them. In answer to my question ‘Quelle nation?’ one replied: ‘Pauvre Rajput’ [ie, Indian].” Charging forward: “The exchange of hand grenades reminded me of fencing with foils; you needed to jump and stretch, almost as in a ballet… In those moments, I was capable of seeing the dead – I jumped over them with every stride – without horror. They lay there in the relaxed and softly spilled attitude that characterises those moments in which life takes its leave.”

      Jünger does not weep at death, but at the unexpected. In one terrible attack, in which a direct hit kills about 20 men, a baby-faced soldier, who a few days earlier had been laughed at for breaking down under the weight of munitions boxes, now, unasked, picks them out of the crater and lugs them along: “I threw myself to the ground, and sobbed hysterically, while my men stood grimly about.” He spares a British officer whom he is about to shoot because the man reaches into his pocket and produces a photograph of his family. But he kills a very young British soldier and contemplates his “quite relaxed” body: “I often thought back on him; and more with the passing of the years. The state, which relieves us of our responsibility, cannot take away our remorse; and we must exercise it.”

      Rarely, but effectively, he makes general statements: “In war you learn your lessons, and they stay learned, but the tuition fees are high.” Or “battle brings men together, whereas inactivity separates them”.

      The finest set-pieces, which build up as frighteningly as a great storm, describe the moments of greatest danger. One concerns Guillemont, in the Battle of the Somme. Jünger and his men see and hear the battle from afar. They march towards it: “What gave the scene a particularly sinister aspect was the way the roads were clearly visible, like a network of white veins in the moonlight, and there was no living being on them. We marched as on the gleaming paths of a midnight cemetery.”

      The last is of the start of the Ludendorff offensive, which almost broke the allies in March 1918. Jünger describes how “the immense desire to destroy… precipitated a red mist in our brains. We called out sobbing and stammering fragments of sentences to one another, and an impartial observer might have concluded that we were all ecstatically happy.” He reaches a British embankment, and looks back: “As if in a waking dream, I saw German steel helmets approaching through the craters. They seemed to sprout from the fire-harrowed soil like some iron harvest.”

      What Jünger saw and recorded was, to use his own word, “primordial”. It takes great art to convey that appalling simplicity.

      Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger translated by Michael Hofmann (Penguin)

      1. Kurtz, Storm of Steel sounds like one of those amazing, visceral works that leave you wrung out and emotionally exhausted by the end. Changed. Thank you for the recommendation. I will have to read it.

        I cannot imagine what war is like. What that reality is like for the soldiers in the thick of it. In an abstract sense, sure, but the reality is much different.

        I have a lot of military in my family, and they don’t talk about the fighting. They’ll mention anecdotes, like hearing about ancient French medieval manuscripts that had been stolen abandoned to rot in a puddle. But they don’t talk about the scary parts, really. It’s rare. I heard about one near miss for the first time this year, having no idea it ever happened.

        1. it’s not exhausting, actually; more exhilarating
          all quiet on western front was exhausting
          its similar to all quiet, but profoundly different

          it’s more amusing than De Bello Gallico, another war memoir by the great Caesar

              1. Mr Kurtz – sadly, that was only a 29 page selection from Storm of Steel, mostly about the Battle of the Somme.

      2. Mr Kurtz – I have heard great things about Storm of Steel but never read it.

  16. So instead the students should read Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”?

      1. “maybe it’s just time to stop worrying about being racist and get on with being human?”

        A good suggestion, but what is often called racism is nothing more than personal, political or economic biases (or preferences) and is used as a political weapon.

  17. Political correctness is a form of madness and this is the result. Sometimes the human herd turns on itself. Time to cull it and move these pathetic excuses for adults out to pasture.

    1. It’s true what you say, mespo; you are the proof of the pudding!

      Replacing one variance for another, you stand alone in your sweltering declarations of righteousness; buttressed by the likes of PCS.

      Fools unbound know no reason.

        1. You’ve offered nothing to rebut, mespo. You’ve become a full member of the cackling conspiracy cult, anxiously awaiting Davis’ return.

          1. Lien, Actually, what Mespo said had meaning, lots of it. That you were unable to extract the meaning is a problem of your own making and place you in the headlights of your own statement: “Fools unbound know no reason”.

              1. Anonymous you are so empty headed you can’t even make up your own insults. What I really ‘sow’ is a point of view that can be understood and is backed up with facts, science and studies. What do you have to offer? A carbon copy?

                1. It was a typo, Allanucklehead.. Let me correct your every error — as there are many. Unfortunately, I don’t care to make the time.

                  Yes. You sow discord. And it bears repeating.

                    1. “And while I’m telling it as it is: You’re an abusive jerk, Allan.”

                      While you think yourself pure and innocent you should take a look at your words. If you can’t handle what you ‘reap’ the watch out for what you ‘sow’.

                  1. “It was a typo, Allanucklehead. … Yes. You sow discord.”

                    Anonymous, you are so ignorant and intollerant. I don’t know how anyone could live with you. Discord?… when dealing with a sow?

                    1. commented – the NPC has a glitch and it getting nasty with the actual players.

                    2. “And I should have added: You’re a pig”

                      Anonymous, you are not very original. I you are already known as a sow.

                    3. ” oh little unmanly man, ”

                      Anonymous, you wouldn’t know what a real man is wallowing in that pig pen of yours.

                    4. “In defence of anonymity online”

                      Anonymous, when you carry a singular alias that is stable you are just as anonymous as you are carrying the generic anonymous alias except using the generic alias you can hide and confuse your thoughts among those whose posts were accidently posted on the generic alias. Posting with a non generic alias even permits you to post with seveal aliases which some believe you do. That is not good for exchanges of ideas but happens as well.

                  2. Anonymous: You seem unusually angry at Mespo’s comment regarding political correctness. The difficulties with PC have been discussed in depth amongst academics, writers, comedians, pundits, and over coffee. I do not understand where this visceral response, but you seem to be flooding.

                    You should not become so enraged at encountering different opinions.

                    1. Honey, I’m not enraged — and my responses/comments were to Allan. They had nothing to do with mespo’s comment. Allan sows discord. I’m simply telling it like it is.

                      Stay in your own lane.

                      This is to Karen.

                    2. Anonymous, you have nothing to say except to demonize people that don’t agree with you. You have a problem. If you want polite discourse, act accordingly. If want to act like a sow in her pen expect to get dirty.

                    3. commented – NPCs who are so incompetent they cannot remember to type their name in deserve nothing but derision.

                    4. You’re projecting again, Allan. Starting back at the beginning of this exchange:

                      You’re a malcontent, as L4D said elsewhere.

                      And you sow discord.

                      End of story.

                    5. Anonymous, I am looking squarely at your generic icon. Need anyone say any more. Imagine a person who hides behind a generic icon and reaps what she sows..

      1. R Lien – government censorship of speech and book banning have been central themes in award winning literature. Fahrenheit 451 is an excellent example. You should read it. Mespo is merely remarking on the inevitable dystopian result of such government overreach. Anyone who grasps history and literature should recognize the red flag of a political party who want dictatorial control over individuals.

        1. “Book bans” don’t work in this country. See, we have this thing called the First Amendment. In real cities, any attempt at removing a particular work results in a boost in sales of the work in question and a protest to the board or other misguided organization which stepped in it. The tale posted herein about some Canadian tomfoolery was posted so you and your ilk could cackle about Soros or Benghazi or whatever other nonsense hannity issued today.

          this is to “oh, I haven’t been to a real city lately” karen

          1. Marky Mark Mark – the NPC runs the “I have no idea how school boards work” script.

            1. Paul, the NPC trope is timely. I recently watched The Rock’s remake of Jumanji, in which they discuss Nigel being a Non Player Character who just keeps repeating what he’s programed to say.

              On a side note, I enjoyed the movie. I don’t usually like remakes, but they continued the story, so it was more of a sequel. Jack Black completely nailed his impression of a teenage girl.

              1. Karen S – the new Jumanji was cute. Liked the girl pretending to be sexy. I heard she was in Dr Who, I may have to start watching that again. The Rock and Kevin Hart are supposed to be the new Abbot and Costello of our day.

            1. Deplatforming, Demonetizing, Boycotting, and concerted efforts to get people fired or lose their business.

              Fascist tendencies, sadly, in that it attempts to criminalize dissent.

          2. First of all, do my ilk get a team uniform? Because I have some ideas on color schemes. I thought the Left determined that phrases such as “you people” were racist and violent. Has that been put to bed, then?

            What makes you think you know where I’ve traveled to, and how recently? Is that a clumsy stab at calling me provincial? How elitist. Ad hominem typically means you are unequal to the task of calmly and maturely discussing a topic.

            You also introduced several straw man arguments. First, this occurred in Canada, so they don’t have the same Free Speech protections as our own Constitution affords us. Second, no one said the book was banned in the entire country, just that teachers were discouraged from assigning it to their students, thus depriving them of classic literature.

            It is fascinating the level of anger and the personal attacks one finds when mildly discussing the pitfalls of imposing political correctness upon literature in the public education system. One usually sees such rage directed at people driving diesel trucks with a gun rack and a Cabella’s bumper sticker. But literature? Your tolerance levels are falling dramatically…

    2. Mespo:

      Political correctness will always conjure images of Fahrenheit 451 and Socialism or Communism of Animal Farm. Those works affected my perception of government control over individuals. Where will people get that perspective if books keep getting banned?

      None of those works condoned the abuse of individual rights. Quite the opposite. There is also value in reading publications from dictatorships, to learn how entire societies bent to the will of evil dictators, and stop it from recurring. Those mischievous scientists plagiarized Mein Kampff and got it successfully published in a feminist magazine to show the low standards for victim industries. That made me want to read the original relevant passage, not because of Nazi sympathies, but rather to research the Socialist underpinnings of the Nazi party. There is indeed a lot that would resonate with modern Progressives. The same goes for Gentile’s works. I read that Jordan Peterson collects Soviet propaganda signs as a reminder of the danger of ideologues. These are grim windows into the decay of great societies into totalitarianism.

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