Alaskan natives Portugal. The Man have taken a stand against recent efforts by a local school board in the northern state to ban five allegedly “controversial” literary classics from the curriculum.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board voted 5-2 on Wednesday (April 29th) to remove the books due to their “controversial” nature. School board Vice President Jim Hart told NBC News they contained content that could potentially harm students.
The books are F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.