Students in Randolph County can get free copies of banned Invisible Man

Last week, school board members in Randolph County decided to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from school libraries in response to one parent’s 12-page letter in which she accused the book of being filthy and too much for teenagers.

School board members imposed the ban in spite of the fact that Invisible Man is one of the most frequently referenced texts on the AP English Literature exam.

Now students can obtain copies of Invisible Man for free, beginning Wednesday at the Randolph mall’s Books A Million.

Former Randolph County resident Evan Smith Rakoff, an editor at Poets & Writers magazine in New York, worked with the book’s publisher, Vintage Books, and Salon.com to make the book offering possible.

School board members will reconsider the ban in a special meeting tomorrow night at 5pm.

7 Comments

  1. Alex

    September 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I would love to know how many teenagers would go to the trouble of picking up the book, or even more actually reading it. Now if they were giving out free phones, they might draw a crowd.

  2. david esmay

    September 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Alex, it should be mandatory reading. Nice racist dig, I wouldn’t expect anything less from one of our neo-con stooges.

  3. Alan

    September 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    David,

    Appears LSD and now Alex don’t even make an effort at their dog whistle racist comments, why hide it?

  4. Alex

    September 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    You two are somehow assuming that only minority students would be interested in the book which is racist in itself. The comment was aimed at all teenagers who would obviously rather stick their heads in a phone than read a book. You both need to find something better in life than attacking conservatives.

  5. Alan

    September 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Alex,

    Really? “Assuming that only minority students would be interested”m, not sure how you made that connection. Sure, your comment was aimed at all teenagers…not.

  6. david esmay

    September 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Alex, I assume nothing, and there is nothing more rewarding than attacking the conservative agenda.

  7. Alex

    September 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I always wondered what liberals do for fun ! The answer is obviously nothing. No wonder their minds get so cluttered and confused.