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Banned Book Week

September 30-October 6, 2012

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To Kill a Mockingbird

2012

Banned or challenged for offensive language and racism.

2010

Removed from the St. Edmund Campion Secondary School classrooms in Brampton (Ontario, Canada) because a parent objected to language used in the novel, including the word "nigger."

2009

Retained in the English curriculum by the Cherry Hill (NJ) Board of Education. A resident had objected to the novel's depiction of how blacks are treated by members of a racist white community in an Alabama town during the Depression. The resident reared the book would upset black children reading it.

2008

Retained in the English curriculum by the Cherry Hill (NJ) Board of Education. A resident had objected to the novel's depiction of how blacks are treated by members of a racist white community in an Alabama town during the Depression. The resident reared the book would upset black children reading it.

2006

Challenged at the Brentwood (TN) Middle School because the book contains "profanity" and "contains adult themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest." The complainants also contend that the book's use of racial slurs promotes "racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy."

2005

Challenged at the Stanford Middle School in Durham (NC) because the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel uses the word "nigger". Challenged, but retained in the Normal (IL) Community High Schools sophomore literature class despite concerns the novel is degrading to African Americans.

2004

Challenged in the Normal (IL) Community High Schools sophomore literature class as being degrading to African Americans. Challenged at the Stanford Middle School in Durham (NC) because the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel uses the word "nigger".

2002

Challenged for profanity and racial slurs.



Held at Marshall Libraries (Drinko Library, PS3562.E353 T6 1960).



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