New Edition Of 'Huckleberry Finn' Will Eliminate Offensive Words
New Edition Of 'Huckleberry Finn' Will Eliminate Offensive Words
Saying they want to publish a version that won't be banned from some schools because of its language, two scholars are editing Mark Twain's classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to eliminate uses of the "N" word and replace it with "slave."

(N is for nigger, just in case you were wondering. When did we come so afraid to say a word?) picked by bingo 2 months ago
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 B-MoreRa...
2 months ago
I hate the n-word, but this is just plain stupid. Historical accuracy and literary context should be more important than people's delicate sensibilities.

Once you remove "n****r" from Mark Twain's writing, are you going to remove the word "Injun" too? What about any other author throughout history that has used a word that is considered offensive in the modern ear? Where do we draw the line?
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 Bornbad
2 months ago
We might as well change all of history to please the sensitive...stupid move.
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 sputum
2 months ago
I'm fine with this as long as they OK it with Mark Twain first.
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 PulsisX
2 months ago
What about all the places he writes in Dialect. Don't you think that makes all those Missourians feel ignorant?
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 bcgrote
2 months ago
Thus missing the point, and the teachable moment.

I have a friend who does presentations of cartoons. He will ALWAYS explain that they are a product of their time, and no offense is meant to anyone by his showing these cartoons.

If we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it. I sure wouldn't want MY history whitewashed!
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 DoggySpe...
2 months ago
What strikes me the most is that for a country touting to be 'the' example of freedom of speech, there is more censorship then most other western countries.

(this does not mean I'm condoning the use of the word n****r in a deragotory context)
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 elsuper
2 months ago
"Huckleberry" is a little too r*dneck of a name, and we all know that r*dnecks are racist, and having a racist as the main character of a book is offensive.

They should probably change it to something more palatable, like Steve. The Adventures of Steve Finn.
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 SteelSho...
2 months ago
« B-MoreRavensFan : I hate the n-word, but this is just plain stupid. Historical accuracy and literary context should be more important than people's delicate sensibilities.

Once you remove "n****r" from Mark Twain's writing, are you going to remove the word "Injun" too? What about any other author throughout history that has used a word that is considered offensive in the modern ear? Where do we draw the line?
Yes, they are "will also shorten an offensive reference to Native Americans."

How can you understand a time or a people if you insist on making it meet current standards.

Can't wait until this group gets hold of the BIBLE.
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 chilehea...
2 months ago
« SteelShooter : 

Can't wait until this group gets hold of the BIBLE.
There's already a group of morons out there making a revised bible where they edit out all the parts they deem to be "too liberal" to be the actual word of god.

I find nothing more offensive than editing classic books like this. I'd much rather my kids were shown 2girls1cup in school than have to suffer through a classic book that IS American history that has been edited to meet someone's agenda.
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 Interest...
2 months ago
Ok, I'm not a person "of colour" (being from Africa I am an African-American...so there), but I think referring to my race as "slave" should be much worse than "n****r".
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 DoggySpe...
2 months ago
« Interesting : Ok, I'm not a person "of colour" (being from Africa I am an African-American...so there), but I think referring to my race as "slave" should be much worse than "n****r".
Yes, that distinction goes to the Slavic people in Europe.
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 Interest...
2 months ago
« DoggySpew : Yes, that distinction goes to the Slavic people in Europe.
Or the Jews...you make a good point. I guess they could change the book to say "Negro" but that would not necessarily be accurate either. I guess maybe just have to leave it the way the author wrote it, pity.
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 SteelSho...
2 months ago
« Interesting : Ok, I'm not a person "of colour" (being from Africa I am an African-American...so there), but I think referring to my race as "slave" should be much worse than "n****r".
Not to mention that it changes the actual meaning of the dialog.

It has been a while since I read it, but Huck doesn't use that word as a slur, but as descriptive language that tells how he sees particular characters. Changing the word n****r to slave changes the image Mr. Twain was trying to convey, which is that Huck is a kid who sees a person who happens to be colored. Using the term slave makes Huck a white person that sees an inferior. Isn't that the problem they are trying to solve?
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 SteelSho...
2 months ago
« Interesting :...I guess maybe just have to leave it the way the author wrote it, pity.
What a concept! Are you implying that the author actually knew what he was doing? Surely you realize that we are so much smarter and more sophisticated that we can improve anything.

[/sarcasm]
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 Thatofar...
2 months ago
I hate people who are offended by any word, EVER! Why must people be so sensitive? Its a word.
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 emblem
2 months ago
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