Letter: Censored book

April 21, 2014 

I write to your newspaper to promote human decency. The controversy over "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" isn't just about this book. It's about when a boundary will be set that doesn't allow a book on our sophomore English reading list that touts masturbation, pornography and racist remarks. This book holds nothing sacred, including the author's own Native American race. If some who read this book call it good, there are many more who can see it for what it is: trashy literature. Teachers read it aloud in class, skipping words and even pages because of the filthy content. The teachers read and discuss this book written on a 5th grade reading level in their sophomore English classes, explaining that it is a book that will encourage our youth to read more. More of what?

We adults have the right and the responsibility to protect our precious, vulnerable teens from the smut of the world. They see enough of it by themselves without being introduced to more in their English classes.


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