Dear Mr. Nicholson Baker
I am currently a student enrolled at Secondary Jeunes Sans Frontiéres, and wanted to bring immediate attention to the lack of light shed on African-American poet Maya Angelou in today’s education. I have been a student at this school since 2013 and I am definitely sure I haven’t studied or read any poems, short stories or even novels written by a black male or female up until this past week.
The first of my concerns is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou is challenged quite often due to the poet’s descriptions and use of sometimes harsh metaphors of being raped as a young girl and because it preaches bitterness and hatred against whites This autobiographical novel dealing with incest has been consistently disputed for containing profanity and explicit language. The novel was accused by a Texas school of containing “gross evils.” But in many ways The past is something that should be studied for the good and the bad. In other words, we shouldn’t be scared to study the dark side of thing in school or in life period.