Iron-y.....you're doing it wrong.

My friends, I know you like a good story. We all do. And, some of the stories we enjoy are what most people consider 'classics'.

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Sometimes we read them because of the lesson they teach, the symbolism they contain, the commentary on social justice.

Sometimes, they are just good stories.

Every now and then, though, some uptight people decide that one of the classics is inappropriate for one reason or another, and they ban them.

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I'm sorry, but banning a book seems pointless to me, especially in this day and age. But personally, I know if a book was banned, it made me want to read it.

Take 'Catcher in the Rye', by J.D. Salinger. I heard that book was banned, so I picked it up and read it. I can't say I liked it too much. I mean, talk about false advertising. It wasn't even about baseball.

But, lets take a look at two books I found to be very good. 'Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain, and "To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee.

Both were well written and tackled a very touchy subject in America, race relations. A lot of people don't realize that Huck Finn took on slavery. Mark Twain penned the story to be an entertaining anti-slavery and anti-racism treatise. Anyone who has read the book knows that it was a condemnation of treting the races as different.

Harper Lee wrote her book to bring attention to the fact that race relations after slavery and Jim Crowe were abolished hadn't improved much. It showed how the color of a persons skin could lead to very different outcomes in Americas court system.

Both of these books were banned because of the liberal use of the word 'nigger'. (sorry. I don't mean to offend, but, I'm stating a fact, not using it aimed at anyone. I refuse to call it the n-word.)

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Twain used it liberally throughout his book, including using it as one of the main characters names. Lee also used it liberally when referring to people of Africain heritage.

Both used it correctly. Both used it in accordance to the common usage of the period they were writing about. When the works were originally published, most people accepted it for what it was.

Today, people have placed such a stigma on the word that saying it will get you fired, sued, thrown in jail, shunned, and beat up.

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So, can someone explain to me the logic of banning books that deliver a very strong anti-racism message in an entertaining way, that kids would actually read, just because they use the word 'nigger'.

Oh wait.....I forgot. Logic doesn't play a part in American life anymore.