Banning Maya Angelou from school libraries and curricula is like banning Jesus’ crucifixion from Bible studies because it is “violent” and possibly “gory.”
Here is the relevant quote:
While you’re at it OC, ban the bible too. There’s a lot more rape and killing in that horrid book.
No, I don’t think the Bible should be banned. I think every school should have important religious and cultural texts in its library, for students to access and study (including important books of other religions, such as the Torah and Qur’an).
For the same reason, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings should be in every school library. It is a relevant, timeless classic that can help us learn about ourselves, including how to develop empathy and compassion. For example, to overcome internalized homophobia (that says gay people somehow want or need to become straight, rather than asking us to accept them for who they are). And isn’t that what Jesus was all about?
“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.” –Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891