From the Christian Science Monitor:

It’s not easy to assemble a reading list of books dealing with racial discrimination. For many years, for instance, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee had an unquestioned place in classrooms. The 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel portrays the trial of a black man in a southern town and offers an unqualified condemnation of racism. Yet today, some say it is patronizing. The writer is white, the narrator is white, and a noble (and educated) white man defends an innocent (but uneducated) black man.

The shifting ‘canon’ of multicultural lit

The article lists other books that are often challenged. Besides To Kill A Mockingbird there’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The piece is worth a look, as it also lists works that are now classics but were once challenged, ‘new’ classics, and buried somewhere at the bottom, a bibliography of Arab and Arab-American fiction.


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