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Decolonising its curriculum, UK school cancels 'To Kill a Mockingbird' over 'white saviour' narrative

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Gregory Peck, left, as Atticus Finch with Brock Peters in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. (Universal International Pictures)
Gregory Peck, left, as Atticus Finch with Brock Peters in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. (Universal International Pictures)

On 11 July 1960, publishers J. B. Lippincott & Co. debuted Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Set in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird follows as a white lawyer defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman by the town's folk. Narrated by the white lawyer's daughter, the coming-of-age book's ending sees the narrator losing her naivety when she starts to understand how rife racism is.

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