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Not a huge fan of people trying to rewrite history.
White trash are the true ni**ers.
It was the custom\language of the times.
I think maintain the original composition; but I am curious to know if any Black folks here (or any "Injuns"), are really offended by these words written so long ago?
Hell (ironically, to Christians), they "re-wrote" the Bible, why not this?
Just thinking it through...
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What's next, making history books more PC?
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There are lessons to be learned from the injustices of the past- like race prejudice. Better to leave the books alone and let people make up their own minds.
Mark Twain is spinning. I don't use that word, but if it's in a book, it's in a book. Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Steinbeck, Harriet Beecher Stowe, lots of renowned authors have used it. Are we seriously considering going down that, very slippery slope? Once you start editing artistic license, you start screwing with freedoms.
Huckleberry Finn is possibly the first anti-racist book ever written. People need to know what happened and how things were. As with any other word, the offence is not in the word but in the intent behind it.
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Exactly, DR. Context, people, context! Anyone with a half a brain would know that. Unfortunately you can't trust the general public to think for themselves a lot of the time.
Though I abhor racial insults, this is ridiculous.
Setting a bad precedent with this one. When I read Huck Fin I admit that I was a little taken back by the language but it was all within the context of the times and in that time, it was accepted. To change it would be to alter the spirit of the book which would be a shame.
If anything, they could put a one paragraph disclaimer page in the front of the book that explains the culture of that era.
OMG, come on, Twain rewritten................If you don't like the material, don't read it.
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Personally, I think it's stupid. If they're going to change that then take it out of rap and hip hop music... That's where it sounds disgusting.
If this keeps up future reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard will feature the General Lee without the Confederate flag on top.
Any good teacher - - a stipulation that would rule out many adults currently found in the front of classrooms, in my opinion - - will tell you that one of the lessons to be found in Mark Twain's book is the stark contrast between the unthinking ugliness of Huck's language and the fact that he and Jim become so close and dependent on each other's characters and personalities.
The moron who thought this up needs see if he can acquire a clue.
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Whoever is offended by this book is probably offended by darn near everything. If you remove the racial slurs, you miss the message. This book is a time capsule, it allows the reader to see how people were mistreated and discriminated against if you change it, you change the message. Some of my favorite books have the n word in them, roots, Malcom X's autiobiography, black boy by richard wright. If you lose that word, you lose the message and the meaning. Might as well put a pair of shorts on michaelangeos david cuz some folks dont like looking at weiners.
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A co-worker and I were talking about this. His exact words:
"It's not Huckleberry Finnthat's offensive... it's American history that is offensive, and accurately portrayed in the book."
So does this mean all books that show historical merit but have something "offensive" in them be edited? Scary thought.....
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We have had similar things done here in England. I'm not sure how many of you will be aware of Enid Blyton the author, but she was a favourite of mine when I was growing up and many of my friends from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds loved her work too. But her books have been heavily censored to the detriment of her stories. It all reminds me of 1984 and rewriting history.
As an avid reader and a reader that LOVES classics, I am appalled by this. I don't like the n-word and I don't like g** damn, but when I find them in a book, I just skim over them. I agree with everyone else (holy crap :0). It's literature reflecting the time in which it was written. Are we now to change "The Grapes of Wrath"? What about "Uncle Tom's Cabin" - this one you would just have to get rid of the entire book basically)? I could go on forever on the books that would need to be rewritten if this is the precident to be set.
And like Flowergrrl said above, if you want to make a change, take it out of the rap and hip hop community. And exile "bitch" and "ho" while you're at it.
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I do that too! I read words & entire scenes in books that I just skip over.
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Removing the N word from Huck Finn is like removing the word 'fuck' from Catcher in the Rye. Not cool.
It is the intent behind the word, not the word itself that inflicts injustice.
Children must learn, adults must remember.
The problem with "them" having censorship over books.
Where will it end, and who's to say.
As a person who loves to read hate to think about it
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This is absolutely disgusting. And be sure that they won't stop there. What's the next book that will be the target? "Moby Dick" will be changed to "Moby Richard"?
I think your co-worker nailed it quite beautifully actually.
I'll be sure to read the sanitized version of Huck Finn as soon as I finish "Moby Penis" by Melville.
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Huckleberry Finn Published Without The N Word
Huckleberry Fi ?
They need to leave them alone.. It is a part of our history, we can't change that fact. We have to learn from it. That is how the language was during the time period. Are they going to go and change all of them, ban all of the books that have objectable language or subject matter? If that is the case, are we not going to teach history at all???
UUgghh rewriting Huck Finn?? Total BS, Just like they banned Little Black Sambo, it was first published in 1899. Someone got their chonies in a wad over the "sambo" part because it's a derogatory name. But like Huck Finn, it was the times in which it was written, plus the name of the little boy has been changed for different countries.
The story itself isn't derogatory just the title. If you come across this book in a yard sale or a thrift shop, grab that sucker, they are super hard to find.