"Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board's activities, and what I've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.
Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbird
spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor
and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all
Southerners. To hear that the novel is 'immoral' has made me count the
years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better
example of doublethink.
I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism.
Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that
I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any
first grade of its choice."
Harper Lee's letter to the Richmond News Leader in response to the removal of copies of To Kill A Mockingbird from the shelves of Hanover County's school libraries.