In response to the WHALE TALK challenge in Alabama
Censors can make a case for zero tolerance in language. They can make the argument that since we donâ€™t allow our children to use that language in schools, we also shouldnâ€™t give them stories in which it is used. But thatâ€™s an easy thing to deal with, and Iâ€™ve seen it done a hundred times. Teachers bring up the offensiveness of the language and talk about why itâ€™s used to make a story real. We donâ€™t have to use the language to talk about the story in the classroom, but we can certainly talk about the raw power of any good story told in its native tongue.