Maus banned in Tennessee
County Board of Education in McMinn, Tennessee voted unanimously on January 10 to remove Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus from the eighth-grade social studies curriculum.
According to the minutes of the meeting, Lee Parkison, Director of the McMinn County Schools, said he had received several complaints about “rough, objectionable language” as well as an image of a nude woman who had committed suicide in the bathtub (the image is of Art Spiegelman’s mother).
After discussing the matter, the board voted 10-0 to remove the book from the curriculum. Mike Cochran, a school board member commented, “So, my problem is, it looks like the entire curriculum is developed to normalize sexuality, normalize nudity and normalize vulgar language. If I was trying to indoctrinate somebody’s kids, this is how I would do it. You put this stuff just enough on the edges, so the parents don’t catch it but the kids, they soak it in. I think we need to relook at the entire curriculum.”
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