Perhaps folks in the Tar Heel State didn’t get the memo. Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read whatever we darn well please because, well, FREEEEEEDOM!
And that whole First Amendment thing.
But the Randolph County school board decided last week to pull all copies of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from its library shelves, deeming it to be without “any literary value.”
Somehow, it managed to win the National Book Award in 1953, and the Modern Library and TIME magazine placed it on their lists of Best Novels of the 20th Century. The College Board has referenced it on the AP Literature exam more than any other novel.
But because one parent objected to it, Ellison’s Invisible Man is no longer available to the students of Randolph County, North Carolina.
Free people read freely. Except in Randolph County, North Carolina.