A reading of To Kill a Mockingbird was performed for an Indiana audience, after the Columbus East High School performance was canceled to protect students from bigoted language used by bigots in the play.
At an Indianapolis high school, the principal refused to back down when a minister objected to Separate But Equal, a TV movie about Brown vs. the Board of Education, writes Lincoln Plawg. The movie stars Sidney Poitier as Thurgood Marshall.
Now, you’d have thought that a movie like that would be unlikely to favour the side of Jim Crow! More like a civil rights pageant, one suspects.
One might have thought that black parents would view such a flick as just the sort of wholesome, empowering fare they would want their kids to see in Black History Month.
The pastor objected to bigoted language used by bigots. Children can’t handle that, he says.
There’s a great quote from principal Shari Switzer.
“It was an ugly time in our history — we did ugly things, we used ugly words. My belief is we need to educate kids on the good and the bad because kids can make a difference,” Switzer said.
“Kids recognize the wrong in what they saw.”
Kids are smarter than some of the adults trying to protect them.