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About those companies that dropped the NRA

I work for one {no I won't say which one}. As Mondays typically have high call volume some of us are added to the customer service lines. We soon noticed we were getting calls about the NRA and so a memo was released- neither agree nor disagree with the caller but thank them for their opinion and report the call.

At the end of the day 6.3% of the calls were reported as referencing discontinuing the NRA discount. Anything over 2% is considered a significant deviation from standard numbers.

100% of the calls were negative. Not a single caller who mentioned the NRA was supportive of the corporate action.

Not saying our company will change its decision anytime soon, but we have been told to continue reporting each call and whether the caller is commenting positively or negatively.

38 years ago today

US hockey team defeats Finland 4-2 to win gold medal at Lake Placid Olympics.

Duluth drops two American novels from reading list, citing use of racial slur

Duluth drops two American novels from reading list, citing use of racial slur

The novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books’ use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter.

The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they’ll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

The district’s intent is to be considerate of all of its students, Cary said. The district owes it to its students to not subject them to a racial slur that marginalizes them in their required learning, he said. He added that district leaders felt that there are many other options in literature that can teach the same lessons as the two novels without containing a racial slur.

“We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn’t require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs,” Cary said.

Sensitivity or censorship? And should the teachers have been allowed input or should these decisions be made solely by administration?
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