Brave New World Challenged in Seattle
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Sarah Sense-Wilson's daughter was required to read the novel for a class at Nathan Hale. She is Native American, and her heart started to sink as she turned the pages to find more than 30 references to "savage natives."
"She was very upset and she said, 'Mom I need to tell you something, but I don't want you to get mad. There's a book I have to read in my class and it portrays Indian people as being savages and living on reservations,'" Sense-Wilson says.
She tried to read the book for herself.
"I was outraged when I read through the book. I had to keep putting it down because it was so hurtful," says Sense-Wilson. "It was traumatizing to read how Indian people were being depicted."
The text has a "high volume of racially offensive derogatory language and misinformation on Native Americans. In addition to the inaccurate imagery, and stereotype views, the text lacks literary value which is relevant to today's contemporary multicultural society," she wrote in a complaint earlier this year to Nathan Hale and district administrators.
A Native American student points out to her mother that Brave New World depicts her culture as savages living on reservations. Mother gets book removed from curriculum.
Whats funny is that when I read it I thought the Native Americans were the ones who had it right and werent living in the crazy rigid society that everyone else was living in. They were the smart ones as far as I was concerned!
It can be avoided. Banned the books is not the solution. Do not read these books when the content of the books are offensive.
And yes, that they had the right idea. The juxtaposition that shows up the majority.
ETA: No, maybe I'm thinking of Lord of the Flies - also with "savages."