A school district in North Carolina has pulled all copies of Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" from its libraries.
The Randolph County school board voted 5-2 on September 16 to remove the book after a parent complained about its language and sexual content, according to the Courier-Tribune. In her "Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Media" form, Kimiyutta Parson detailed why she wanted the book off the library shelves.
"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 and points of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge. This book is freely in your library for them to read."
Before the vote, board members were given copies of the book to read. Gary Mason, one of the five people to vote for the book's removal from school libraries, said "I didn't find any literary value."
Invisible Man, originally published in 1952, addresses social issues affecting African-Americans in the early 20th century. Time Magazine voted the book in its list of 100 Best English Language Novels.
The board has scheduled a meeting Wednesday to reconsider the book's ban.
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