I really want thoughts and opinions on this topic.
Basically, two scholars are going to edit Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and remove the “N” word. It will be replaced by the word “slave” instead. Any offensive references to Native Americans will be removed as well. Read the article here…
I actually have an interesting take on this. It is always a touchy subject anytime the use of the “N” word is involved. Call me a hypocrite if you want, but when it comes to my use of the word, I’m very conscience of when I use it and who I use it around. You will never hear me use it in mixed company. Even if we’re in the car bumpin’ the latest Drake track, you won’t hear me say it. I’m only speaking for me, so don’t assume everyone adopts this philosophy. When it comes to the book, though, I’m not a fan of taking out the words. If anything, I see it as a reflection of past times and current times. Although we have a lot of work to do as a society, we truly have come a long way. Note: There is no such thing as a post-racial society. If parents, teachers, and administrators are so worried about students reading those words, take the opportunity to teach about them. I realize that the book has been banned by several districts, but I find that to be irresponsible. Believe me, the music they listen to is much worse.
I’m concerned about the precedent editing this book will set as well. Today, it’s Huck Finn. Tomorrow it will be Shakespeare. Next week, they’ll be rewriting and omitting the disturbing past of this country. Folks, the world ain’t sunshine and rainbows. Shading and hiding the harsh realities of the world will not get kids/students ready for what they will surely experience firsthand. Do I like the use of the word in this book? Absolutely not. However, it is an ugly truth in this country. I think kids/students can learn a lot from it.
How do you feel?