Calvin Robinson slams 'miserable hard left' for school criticism
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Darren Grimes let rip on GB News against James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh after the head of English chose to ban teaching To Kill and Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men as they believe the books are “dated”. Instead, a book called The Hate you Give will be taught instead which looks at the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant in an effort to “decolonise” the curriculum. Darren Grimes said it was “unacceptable” to remove the iconic stories as he said anyone would be able to understand the context of the era they were focusing on.
Appearing on GB News, Mr Grimes was invited to share his thoughts on the school’s decision and wasted no time or effort in sharing his opinions.
He told the programme: “I feel so sad for the next generation, that you have books like that which are taken off the shelves.
“Because of the fact that people are seeing woke and trendy people coming forward on Twitter and all the rest of it to say actually this is unacceptable in this day and age.
“As if a child can’t figure out nothing – not even a child in some cases – as if someone hasn’t got a sense of their own to be able to say this book was written this time, therefore, it has this view.
“I [then] think this view because I’m from 2021.
“The idea that we need to start eradicating books because we can’t handle what is true is absurd.
“These are petulant prats who are doing this.”
Allan Crosbie, the curriculum leader for English at the school wanted students to look at more modern texts in an attempt to decolonise the curriculum.
He explained during an annual general meeting: “Probably like every English department in the country, we still have Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird [on] the shelves.
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“They are now taught less frequently because those novels are dated and problematical in terms of decolonising the curriculum.
“Their lead characters are not people of colour. The representation of people of colour is dated, and the use of the N-word and the use of the white saviour motif in Mockingbird – these have led us as a department to decide that these really are not texts we want to be teaching third year anymore.”
The texts, written by American author John Steinbeck and Harper Lee, was a mainstay of the English curriculum which looked at American society during the early and mid-1900s.
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Of Mice and Men follows labourers George and Lennie searching for work in the backdrop of the Great Depression.
In the book, a black stable worker named Crooks is discriminated against and bullied by the other ranch workers and is left to live alone due to the colour of his skin.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, lawyer Atticus takes on an “unwinnable” case to defend Tom Robinson, who is black, against the wrong accusations that he raped a white woman.
In both books, derogatory and racist language is used a lot with James Gillespie’s High School arguing the books peddle “white saviorism” – the idea a white person is often seen as a hero or saviour of other races.
The term exploded into popular culture when MP David Lammy slammed Comic Relief for the imagery of white celebrities holding African children which appeared to show them as a saviour.
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