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Gopher State Update: Duluth Schools Ban Mark Twain & Solid Blue MN-8 Is Now In Play

It’s the cold heart of the bleak mid-winter in the Zenith City.

Not surprisingly, Snowflakes abound.

And Right On Cue the SJW crazies that have overrun Duluth with overpriced craft beer and ass-covering red flannel shirts are taking their War on Americana to the hillside classrooms overlooking Gitche Gumee’s shining big sea water.

So out into the snowbank go Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.

Your calendar might say 2018 but in the minds and worlds of The Perpetually Aggrieved New Jacobins it is always The Year Zero.

Even our cousins Across the Pond have taken notice:

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Novels by Harper Lee and Mark Twain have been pulled from school syllabuses in Minnesota over fears their use of racial slurs will upset students.

The Duluth school district said it was removing To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnfrom its curriculum because their content may make students feel “humiliated or marginalised”.

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The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People has supported the decision, saying it was long over due.

Stephan Witherspoon, the president of the local branch, said the books were “just hurtful”, adding that they use “hurtful language that has oppressed the people for over 200 years”.

However, free speech organisations have criticised the move, with the National Coalition Against Censorship, saying it was “deeply disturbed” by the decision.

“Rather than ignore difficult speech, educators should create spaces for open dialogue that teaches students to confront the vestiges of racism and the oppression of people of colour,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.

The kerfuffle could not come at worse time for the Minnesota DFL.

Last week MN-8 Congressman-for-Life Rick Nolan unexpectedly threw in the towel and set off a mini-panic among the local Donk consiglieri.

The Blue’s hold on the region has been slipping since Trump carried the sprawling district that runs from the Canadian border to the north metro exurbs.  Ominously for the DFL, anti-elitist and anti-PC sentiment has been steadily growing on the Iron Range where lucrative mining jobs have been threatened by Twin Cities eco-whackos.

The book banning is an unforced error in a mostly rural district where folks bristle at the thought of “packsackers” (outsiders) looking down their noses at The Locals and giddyupping their PC high horse.

MN-8 presents a ripe pick-up opportunity for a Trumpian GOP candidate.