Mississippi school district pulls ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ because it ‘makes people uncomfortable’

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was removed from a Mississippi school district lesson plan because the book’s language made some people feel uneasy.

Administrators at the Biloxi School District announced early this week they were pulling the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum, saying they received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”

The Sun Herald reported that the book was pulled from the lesson plan because the novel contained “the N word.”

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A message on the school’s website says “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education.

School board vice president Kenny Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons.

However, the book will still be available in Biloxi school libraries.

The novel, published in 1960, chronicled the adventures of Jean Louise Finch aka Scout and her brother Jeremy aka Jem and the racial inequality that existed in their small Alabama town. The book followed a court case their father, Atticus, was involved in.

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In the story, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a black man who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Despite strong evidence of Robinson’s innocence, he was found guilty of raping Ewell.

The book was adapted into a movie in 1962, starring Gregory Peck, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. 

The Sun Herald reported the novel was listed at No. 21 on the American Library Association’s most “banned or challenged books list in the last decade.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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’90 Day Fiance’s’ Russ uncomfortable with wife Paola’s sexy photo shoot

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“90 Day Fiance” stars Russ and Paola Mayfield clashed over the Colombian-born beauty’s topless photo shoot on last season of the hit TLC show.

Conservative Oklahoma native Russ felt uncomfortable with his wife’s sexy photo shoots while Paola felt it wasn’t Russ’ place to tell her what to do with her body.

In this exclusive clip for the upcoming episode, the pair argue of Paola’s modeling gig.

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“I know that the modeling industry here in Miami is very risque, very sexy,” Russ says in the clip. “But there’s still the open point that we are married and we should be considering each other’s thoughts and values.”

Paola disagrees and tells the cameras of her husband coming to her photo shoot, “I think Russ wants to come with me because he wants to know what’s actually happening and I don’t know, it’s more about control.”

Russ says while he loves his wife and wants to “respect her,” he has his values and family to consider.

“I feel like there’s a lot of thresholds that are being crossed right now,” he said.

Watch what happens in the clip above.

Watch the full episode of “90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?” Sunday on TLC.

You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.

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