'Invisible Man' banned after parent complaint

7:39 AM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
'The Invisible Man' book cover (left) and sculpture in Harlem, New York (right) (AP Graphics)
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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. (WFMY) - The Randolph County Board of Education voted this week to remove all copies of Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man" from school libraries.

A Randleman High School parent filed a complaint about the book. She says the book's themes and language are too filthy for teenagers.

In a statement to the board, Kimiyutta Parson wrote, "And clearly, no one truly read through this book before they allowed it to be placed where young teenagers could freely check it out of your library."

The "Invisible Man" is about the struggle for African-Americans in the early 20th century. It was on the school system's summer reading list.

Last year, Guilford County parents protested to have Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" banned for its "mature content."

The Randolph County Board of Education will meet again next Wednesday at 5 p.m. to reconsider their decision.

Click here to read the Randleman High School parent's full complaint to the board.


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