The Stupid…It Burns

This month is black history month.

I plum forgot. Then again, I guess I would.

Right on queue, we have another fresh attempt to ban all books containing hurty words found on school reading lists. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was the one I heard about this morning. Apparently killing this book is a perpetual effort.

For the life of me, I don’t remember where they said this was happening, only that I heard in on the morning radio show I listen to in the morning. Can’t seem to find it on the interwebs.

I’ve read the book and viewed the movie several times. Both are outstanding. The problem, however, is ‘appropriation’ or some such nonsense.

Apparently, Harper Lee isn’t fit to tell the story. You see, she’s a white woman, and it’s not told from the black man’s point of view and ignores how black people felt at the time.

I’m not doing justice to the midwit I’m quoting.

But, no shit sister. The book isn’t about the black man accused of rape.

If you haven’t read the novel, it deals with a young girl named Scout and her coming of age in a 1930s Alabama town called Maycomb. When Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, Maycomb’s respected attorney, agrees to defend a Black man accused of raping a White woman, Scout quickly comes to realize the role that racism and inequality play in Maycomb every day.

Garris Stroud

It’s about a little girl learning how bad the world, and the people in it, can be.

“This is important, because censorship blinds us,” Sadye said. “These books are important, because they are not condoning this word, this racial slur … They’re showing the ignorance of using that word and having this bigotry.”

Sadye Saunders

There’s also a big fat lesson on doxxing in it as well, kicked off by a lie. Some of the locals go after Atticus Finch (the lawyer), and his family. You don’t see him curling up in a ball and melting. You see him protecting his family, and at the Jailhouse protecting Tom Robinson – the accused. He stands down the crowd that came to lynch him.

So the same little girl also learned how a man stands tall, righteous, and firm. A man she thought squishy as the novel began.

This same silliness affects the books from Mark Twain as well. God forbid one learn how things were back on the Mississippi river back in the day.

I doubt any of these activist nitwits have even read the books other than to scan them for hurty words. You can’t view history with todays goggles.

These books are important because they describe events in a time, with the perspective of those in that time. Learning this is important. Discussing this is important. Hell, do you see any Jews hiding any sort of stories of the holocaust?

Pretty hard to “Never Forget” when you’ve scrubbed all the history away.