IN THE MEDIA: York University professor asks Peel board to consider not teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

Carl James, who has published several papers about anti-black racism in education, said in an interview that his recommendation does not involve banning books, but rather thinking critically about required-reading texts such as the 1960 novel by Harper Lee.
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"The book’s frequent use of a racial epithet lends legitimacy to the word particularly in the absence of critical analysis in terms of the historical context, who is using the word and its effect on learners," comments Professor Carl James in an interview with the Globe and Mail about reexamining the use of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in the classroom.

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