Friday, January 14, 2011

OH HUCK . . .

Take a few moments to follow the links below, read, and reflect. 
You might be surprised by some of your thoughts and insights.

Upcoming NewSouth 'Huck Finn' Eliminates the 'N' Word .

"What he suggested," said La Rosa, "was that there was a market for a book in which the n-word was switched out for something less hurtful, less controversial [slave].
(Emphasis mine)



Why the N-word matters.

Finally, the motive for this switch is, ultimately, cowardice. The motive is to avoid tough questions from children who might ask why it was okay for Mark Twain to write "nigger," but it's not okay for them to yell it at the park. It avoids difficult conversations with parents who object to their children reading a difficult word because they themselves don't understand the opportunity to teach means facing horrible truths about our own past. [...] It avoids confronting the truth of our present, where people still use the word in the most horrible of ways: as a means to attack not the actions or views of another, but as a means to attack that persons very right to exist, to stand, to speak.

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