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2013-09-19 12:41:56 PM  
Parson also objected to the type of language used in the book and its sexual content.

Everybody who's ever had a fantasy about being invisible sneaks into the cheerleader's showers and witnesses them having hot, wet, group lesbian sex.
 
2013-09-19 12:50:12 PM  
How about this: When a parent asks for a book to be banned, we instead ban their child from public school.
 
2013-09-19 01:01:04 PM  

Honest Bender: How about this: When a parent asks for a book to be banned, we instead ban their child from public school.


I think that sending the parent to a reeducation camp would be more effective.
 
2013-09-19 01:02:16 PM  
Ithought the last paragraph said it wasn't going to be banned. Or was that just a recommendation?
 
2013-09-19 01:06:42 PM  

Honest Bender: How about this: When a parent asks for a book to be banned, we instead ban their child from public school.


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2013-09-19 01:06:49 PM  
Oh dear god.  My son lives in that county (with his mum).

*headdesk*

What makes it ironic for *me* is even encouraging him to READ ANY FREAKIN BOOK WITHOUT PICTURES IN IT.  And here we are, with helicopter mothers banning books because of a few dirty words when they could just as easily parent THEIR OWN KID instead of having to push their views on everybody else.

/ffffffffffuuuuuuuuu
 
2013-09-19 01:07:47 PM  

gopher321: Ithought the last paragraph said it wasn't going to be banned. Or was that just a recommendation?


That is a recommendation from another committee about this, but doesn't seem to be binding.

I think the parent here is being very short sighted and is too easily offended. fark her.
 
2013-09-19 01:35:44 PM  

xanadian: Oh dear god.  My son lives in that county (with his mum).

*headdesk*

What makes it ironic for *me* is even encouraging him to READ ANY FREAKIN BOOK WITHOUT PICTURES IN IT.  And here we are, with helicopter mothers banning books because of a few dirty words when they could just as easily parent THEIR OWN KID instead of having to push their views on everybody else.

/ffffffffffuuuuuuuuu


It's not like the book is required reading anyway, they have their choice from three books.  But, no, god forbid there's a chance their precious snowflake might stumble upon this book in the library and decide to read it.  Gotta be honest, as dumb as their parents are, if the apple doesn't fall far from the tree there's little to no chance of their kid voluntarily reading it anyway.
 
2013-09-19 01:50:52 PM  
I remember watching this movie as a kid. Watching the dude gouge his eyes out or something like that was pretty cool. I turned out OK.
 
2013-09-19 01:51:20 PM  
But, of course the Bible is okay to have in the library. Hooray for stoning and slavery!
 
2013-09-19 01:52:19 PM  
Meanwhile, "Passing" just keeps getting easier.
 
2013-09-19 01:53:10 PM  
Well, at least they tried to read the book before voting. I have no problems with them finding another book they find more acceptable to replace it with, because there are a lot.
 
2013-09-19 01:53:16 PM  

Honest Bender: How about this: When a parent asks for a book to be banned, we instead ban their child from public school.


As much as I love this idea, I don't want to hurt the child because of the parent.
 
2013-09-19 01:55:47 PM  
One thing I still think is cool about my high school all these years later: they used to have banned book week where they would promote and encourage reading of books that other school districts had banned. This was in South Carolina no less. I hope they still do that.
 
2013-09-19 01:58:40 PM  
Once again, one person gets offended and everyone else has to do without.
 
2013-09-19 02:03:04 PM  
Yes, we can't have teens reading a book that contains the N word, even if the book's message is for greater tolerance and understanding! Next thing you know the school will let them read Huck Finn!
 
2013-09-19 02:03:20 PM  

Empty H: Honest Bender: How about this: When a parent asks for a book to be banned, we instead ban their child from public school.

As much as I love this idea, I don't want to hurt the child because of the parent.


It's clearly too late at that point. Cut your losses.
 
2013-09-19 02:16:11 PM  
I suspect that those board members voting against the book will lose their children to drug dealers or the Culture Wars in general.
 
2013-09-19 02:16:59 PM  

Honest Bender: How about this: When a parent asks for a book to be banned, we instead ban their child from public school.


I'm for sending the entire family out of the district in a wagon.
 
2013-09-19 02:18:11 PM  
The board action was prompted by a complaint about the book from Kimiyutta Parson, mother of an RHS 11th-grader. She submitted a request for reconsideration of instructional media form, which detailed, in a 12-page supplemental document, her reasons for the book's removal.
She stated, in part, "The narrator writes in the first person, emphasizing his individual experiences and his feelings about the events portrayed in his life. This novel is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers. You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge.


Derp.

I'd hate to see what sort of adult a person whose mother considered them a "young child" at age 16-17 turns out to be.
 
2013-09-19 02:21:07 PM  
Really... we're banning books.

In 2013. Hold on, that gives me an idea. Ah, yes. I will be emailing the following to the Randolph County Board of Education. And, assuming I can find an address, to the school librarian.

http://bpi.edu/ourpages/auto/2010/5/11/36901472/Ralph%20Ellison%20-%2 0 Invisible%20Man%20v3_0.pdf

Thanks, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute!
 
2013-09-19 02:28:32 PM  
Aggrieved parent:
"You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge. "

The cognitive dissonance, it burns.
 
2013-09-19 02:38:04 PM  
Here's a graph of all the times banning (or burning) a book worked:
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2013-09-19 02:40:23 PM  

Gonz: Really... we're banning books.

In 2013. Hold on, that gives me an idea. Ah, yes. I will be emailing the following to the Randolph County Board of Education. And, assuming I can find an address, to the school librarian.

http://bpi.edu/ourpages/auto/2010/5/11/36901472/Ralph%20Ellison%20-%2 0 Invisible%20Man%20v3_0.pdf

Thanks, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute!


I think we SHOULD ban books.  Those things are heavy, and require killing trees, and take up space in my house (I have WAY too many bookshelves).  Let's just get the kids some friggen Kindles or something.

Oh, wait.  You mean they want to ban the story too?  That's just moronic.  The evil side of me is considering beginning a kickstarter to send every kid in that high school their own copy, possibly throw in a copy of Fahrenheit 451 to see if the parents get the hint.
 
2013-09-19 02:43:22 PM  
You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate.

Oh... come... on, we are still doing this.

Respecting your religion means you can opt out of reading it, period.

My religion frowns on being a fool and forcing everyone to agree with me, so i find the concept of banning books to be morally repugnant.

I guess i missed the part in sunday school where Jesus went around having those that disagreed with him silenced by the school board.
 
2013-09-19 02:50:10 PM  
What are the odds on the votes to ban the book coming from a bunch of white people?
 
2013-09-19 02:54:16 PM  
www.screeninsults.com
WTF?!?!
 
2013-09-19 02:56:52 PM  

mr_fulano: I remember watching this movie as a kid. Watching the dude gouge his eyes out or something like that was pretty cool. I turned out OK.


*psst*..."OK" is a relative term in the Fark world.
 
2013-09-19 03:06:10 PM  
What are the odds word gets out that the book is too filthy for teenagers, prompting more of the students in the school to go find and actually read copies of the book than otherwise would have?
 
2013-09-19 03:10:25 PM  
Where the fark is Randol  .  .  .  oh, well didn't expect much and sadly, we got it.

I urge all my students to make a habit of reading AT LEAST 1 or 2 banned books each year.  It's a good idea to see what you're missing and to see how others think.

I'm so old that I can remember people saying "Listen to reason would you?" and NOT having a cudgel in their hand.
 
2013-09-19 03:30:56 PM  
first place I would look for the invisible man would be in YOUR bed.
 
2013-09-19 04:59:04 PM  
Asinine tag beating ironic tag with the thickest copy of War and Peace he can find.
 
2013-09-19 05:28:13 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Once again, one person gets offended and everyone else has to do without.


I am offended by Tyler Perry. Gimme a minute, I'll come up with what exactly offends me.
 
2013-09-19 07:09:26 PM  
 
2013-09-19 09:46:46 PM  

skinink: But, of course the Bible is okay to have in the library. Hooray for stoning and slavery!


I came to recommend that book be banned from every public school. There's plenty of "filth" in it, including Abraham 1) marrying his sister (okay, half-sister) and 2) pimping her out to various potentates. Then there's Jacob and his mother cheating his (half-) brother Esau out of his birthright, and not only getting away with it but going on to become the God-chosen leader of the Hebrews. What kind of moral instruction are kids supposed to find in stories like these?

As for the New Testament, I don't know how Paul's letters were deemed canonical by anybody: he himself admits he is not relaying God's message but giving his own opinion. The synoptic Gospels might make it -- John is too anti-Jewish and the theology is a Greek-Egyptian muddle -- except for that bit about the crucifixion at the end: do we really want young children reading about a guy being tortured to death as if it's a good thing?

You can find almost every sin the militant "Christians" decry in their Holy Book, except perhaps homosex (unless David & Jonathan qualify as I always thought they did). It's definitely not G-rated. They should know better than to criticize others before they've purged their Word of God of all the ungodly evil bits.

That said, I don't care if these parents' kids go to public school or not as long as their taxes support it. Part of my taxes go to policies I'm against, like locking up pot smokers, so it's only fair.
 
2013-09-20 03:08:58 AM  
Invisible Man is one of my favorite books.  However, it's no Disney story, it has...

Incest
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Hallucinations
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Violence
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Drug use
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Sex, nudity, prostitution
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and of course, racial stereotypes
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It also has a complex and symbolic message that kids may be too young to understand.
 
2013-09-20 07:32:46 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Here's a graph of all the times banning (or burning) a book worked:


Do you mean the books weren't banned? Isn't that the end result for what a book banning decision wants?
 
2013-09-20 07:36:54 PM  
Mason said, "I didn't find any literary value." He also objected to the language in the book. "I'm for not allowing it to be available."

www.randolph.k12.nc.us
Randolph County School Board member Gary Mason.

Why am I not surprised that the Randolph County Board of Education is all white?
 
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