Invisible Man Banned in Randolph County, NC

by Rachel Baker on September 20, 2013

The Board of Education in Randolph County, North Carolina have banned Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from school libraries, because it was too hard to read and they “didn’t find any literary value.”


“Invisible Man,” which won the National Book Award upon its 1953 publication and which has a place on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century, appraises the social conditions surrounding blacks in the decades before the eventual civil rights movement; the protagonist is invisible because white society refuses to see him.

Maybe this is why:
White alone, percent, 2012(a) –  90.3%
Black or African American alone, percent, 2012(a) –  6.1%

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