25
Nov
06

Maya Angelou is a Dangerous Terrorist

Well, everyone’s calling everyone else terrorists nowadays, so let’s just call everyone a dangerous terrorist. I’m a dangerous terrorist. He’s a dangerous terrorist. She’s a dangerous terrorist. Wouldn’t you like to be a dangerous terrorist too?

But Angelou’s bout of terrorism comes from her autobiography. And some parents don’t want their kids subjected to dangerous terrorism:

Students at Fond du Lac High School read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in sophomore advanced English classes.

But some parents have objected to passages that describe Angelou’s rape and subsequent unwanted pregnancy. About 80 people attended a meeting Tuesday at the school this week to discuss the book and the request to remove it.

School Superintendent Gregory Maass said the initial complaint came from one family. “We had a mother and father and student who questioned the book,” he said. “The high school provided the student with an alternative book.” The parents were not satisfied and asked for the book to be removed from the curriculum, Maass said.

I don’t know how you can object to someone’s autobiography– unless it is a bunch of meaningless tripe (Bill Clinton, I’m looking at you). More importantly, it’s about Angelou’s triumph over rape, which is a positive. The parents were probably objecting to the unwanted pregnancy bit. If they don’t want their child reading about it, then they certainly can get another book assigned, which was done in this case.

But to have the parents insisting on a change of curriculum is silly. They are the only objectors. If there were 20 sets of parents clamouring about an inappropriate book, then the curriculum should be examined.

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