‘Invisible Man’ banned from Randolph County Schools


RAMSEUR, N.C. — The Randolph County School Board voted Monday night to pull Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” from its library shelves after a parent complained, The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reports.

In a  5-2 vote, the Randolph County Board voted during its regular meeting to remove all copies of the book from school libraries.

Both school and district committees recommended that the book remain in schools, however, a motion to the book on the shelves was defeated.

According to the paper, the school board members presented the issue on Monday in response to a 12-page complaint from the mother of a Randleman High School junior who said in part, “The narrator writes in the first person, emphasizing his individual experiences and his feelings about the events portrayed in his life. This novel is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers. You must respect all religions…

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  1. kjds said:

    I saw this in the paper, and a couple friends were discussing it last week. You know how I feel about this – keep the book, ban the parent. Read something else – you DO have a choice. Also, the school system should not so easily succumb to one parent’s complaint.

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