Ralph Ellison created an American masterpiece when he wrote “Invisible Man,” in 1952. The book that follows the life on an un-named protagonist and his trips through a very volatile, race-charged environment.
Not everyone agrees with the greatness of his book.
A North Carolina school board has banned Ellison’s book from its reading list on Monday, citing a lack of “literary value.”
The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported that the Randolph County Board of Education voted 5-2 to remove the book following a complaint by a parent, Kimiyutta Parson.
“This novel is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers,” Parson wrote in a 12-page statement to the board. “You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge. This book is freely in your library for them to read.”
A motion to keep Invisible Man on the approved reading list was defeated 5-2 before the board voted to remove it.
In 2010, Time magazine named the book one of the top 100 English-language novels of all time, calling it “the quintessential American picaresque of the 20th century.” It also won National Book Award for Fiction in 1953.
Watch a scene from the book that PBS put together below