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Should The “N” Word Be Stricken From “Huck Fin”?


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Before I begin, an earlier entry
specifies how I feel about the “N” word in no uncertain terms. Now, even with the extreme disgust I have for the word, I can’t go along with a rewrite of Mr. Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” omitting the word from its text. Though it’s been many years since I’ve read the book, I remember feeling as though its use of the word presented the sad tragedy of the relationship between black and white people of the south in that period. It seems to me that Mr. Twain meant for the word to be disturbing, and something certainly is wrong if it doesn’t disturb. Yet, it was an expression commonly used back then, however much we can wish it wasn’t so. Taking the word out of “Huckleberry Finn” is like trying to rewrite history. It was used back then, and there’s no sense trying to lessen the impact of such hurtful language. Let us learn from the past, realizing that we are supposed to be disturbed by hateful and demeaning expressions of bigotry.


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