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Maus double standards

Earlier this week I wrote an article about how several jewish groups in Poland are on Barbara Nowak’s list of entities to be banned from Polish schools. In America a similar story is making headlines. A school board in rural Tennessee voted to remove the graphic novel “Maus” from its eighth-grade language arts curriculum. Not even banned it, just removed it from curriculum. 

The media leaped into protest – over the removal of a jewish book from a required reading list in a tiny region of America.

Here is the response by the school board.

There are other reason to ban Maus, one is that it portrays Poles as stupid pigs.

This is a teaching aid used in a school in Chicago. Imagine you are a Polish kid forced to read this book portraying Poles as stupid pigs.

If you wrote a book depicting jews negatively, and then explained that this negative depiction was because your father had a “dubious opinion of Jews as a group”, would it be allowed to be included in any classroom in America? 

What if someone wrote a book portraying a survivor of the Zgoda camp in Poland, run by jews, where women were gang raped by the jewish officers, in the style of Maus. Would it be allowed in any school in America?

 

Paul Mieczyslaw
I am a hyphen report writer, so I have hyphen report responsibilities.

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