Invisible Man Banned

Just a little recognition for the racist core of our wing-nut society, at least in some states (especially when under Republican control):

N. Carolina County Bans ‘Invisible Man’

EllisonAll copies of Ralph Ellison’s National Book Award–winning novel Invisible Man will be removed from a North Carolina county’s school libraries. The Randolph County Board of Education voted to ban the critically acclaimed 1952 book from its reading list. Invisible Man was named one of the top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century by Time magazine in 2010, but according to the parent whose complaint sparked the vote, “This book is filthier, too much for teenagers.” The board’s chair said he thought the novel was “a hard read,” while another board said he “didn’t find any literary value” in it.

Thanks to the Daily Beast I am that much closer to an awareness of the decline of the American civilization. Here is the complete article from UPI:

North Carolina school board bans ‘Invisible Man’
A North Carolina school board banned Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel from its reading list Monday.
Published: Sept. 19, 2013 at 9:12 AMBy CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com | Blog

A North Carolina school board banned Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel “Invisible Man” from its reading list Monday, citing a lack of “literary value.”

The Randolph County Board of Education voted 5-2 to remove the book following a complaint from a parent.

“This novel is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers,” Parson wrote in a 12-page statement to the board.

“You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge. This book is freely in your library for them to read.”

Ellison’s book won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953, and in 2010, Time magazine named the book one of the top 100 English-language novels of all time.

But board chair Tommy McDonald said that he considered the book — one of three recommended books for summer reading for juniors at a local high school, including “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin and “Passing” by Nella Larsen — a “hard read.”

“I didn’t find any literary value,” board member Gary Mason said at the meeting. “I’m for not allowing it to be available.”

All copies of the book will be removed from Randolph County Schools libraries.

Read more at UPI.

Did you get that? No literary value … do you suppose it’s because the author is black? On the other hand, I see no evidence that these School Board members have the intelligence to actually read a book so I must shake my head at their stupidity.

One response

  1. I used to teach this book at the college level. It’s an amazing book. But it’s a very difficult book to teach, and I imagine there are teachers not up to the task. But to remove it from LIBRARIES is censorship and book banning and OUTRAGEOUS.

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