The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Book Banning and the Morality Patrol

Apr 16, 2007

Parent complaints led to the removal of a book about school bullies from the curriculum last week in Harford County Maryland, a suburb north of Baltimore. The superintendent removed R. Cormier’s The Chocolate War from social studies classes for ninth graders.

The topic of the book is a serious problem facing students–bullying. The book also contains some name-calling.

Book banning? It’s the opposite of educating young people. In the 21st century, we are supposed to be past the era when self-anointed bigots watch our every step.

Apparently not!