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Huckleberry Finn- Censored
January 6, 2011
4:25 pm
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Well it's come down to this, a great piece of work, hacked to death by the PTB. Why?

Race is probably the excuse but what is the real story? This book just so happens to be the fourth most banned book, of ALL BANNED SCHOOL BOOKS. 😯

I'd be interested to know which others made the list.

The focus of the censorship is the " N " Word, which I think is completely ridiculous. That being said, who has the right to alter a persons personal work, better yet what so called educator would ever stand for it?

Furore over 'censored' edition of Huckleberry Finn

Twain scholar Alan Gribben says the use of the word "nigger" had prompted many US schools to stop teaching the classic.

In his edition, Professor Gribben replaces the word with "slave" and also changes "injun" to "Indian".

But the publisher says hundreds of people have complained about the edits.

First published in 1884, Huckleberry Finn is considered one of the great American novels.

While telling the story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi River some time between 1835 and 1845, the novel satirises Southern attitudes on race and slavery.

Reminds me of a few BV Posters Laugh Laugh

Anyway: Why are people so freaking afraid of the truth? To me, it makes no sense.

History of controversy

"The book is an anti-racist book and to change the language changes the power of the book," said Cindy Lovell, executive director of The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.

"He wrote to make us squirm and to poke us with a sharp stick. That was the purpose," she told Reuters news agency.

The novel has often been criticised for its language and characterisations and it is reported to be the fourth most banned book in US schools.

The "N-word" appears 219 times in the story.

Professor Gribben, who teaches English at Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama, said he had given many public readings of Twain's books - and that when he replaced the word with "slave", audiences were more comfortable.

More comfortable: How utterly insane, how juvenile, how weak of an excuse to pacify those who suck the life's blood from the race under the guise of Civil Rights. It's disgusting.

I'm quite sure that this sort of BS isn't what MLK had in mind.

The publisher of this new edition of Huckleberry Finn, New South Books, says dozens of people have telephoned to complain and hundreds have sent e-mails.

The press have also weighed in to the debate, generally in defence of the original version.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl.....a-12126700

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January 6, 2011
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Considering Huckleberry Finn is an anti-racist commentary, this move to censor the N-word is self-defeating and idiotic. As you mentioned, a person's personal work should never be censored ❗ The only thing these series are guilty of is being so damn boring Laugh

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January 6, 2011
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Well, it's a liberal progressive notion... to expunge words they don't like from the record as if they never existed. It's a revisionist approach to history and our entire education system is plagued top to bottom by supporters of it.

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January 6, 2011
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The rediculas part of this is millions upon millions of people have read these books and did not become racists reading the words in the book. There is an art form in this country that is collected by everyone, including African Americans, and its called Black Americana. Collectors are not racists. This is a sad moment IHMO that we can edit a classic book, that the author recieved renouned awards for Humor. We even give the Mark Twain award, and it is attented usully by the President, like the Kennedy Center awards are.

About 30 years ago, polical correctness started up and one of the victims of it (maybe only a California place) was the pancake houses called "Sambo's" had to rename due to the sterotype of the story "little Black Sambo". It put them out of business.

I also remember a period of time post Viet Nam era, how todays African Ameicans wanted to be identified. Negro was out, Black was in, then Black was out, and it was something else, until it is African American today. It was also in style for a short time, where a white and black pals, referred to each other with those derogatory terms. I recall it in several movies and TV things, including a OJ Simpson movie, where he had a white partner, where they called each other these things, the "Ho$*!" word and the "N" word. I guess it was supose to signify, whites and blacks had overcome this and were now so close, the terms would bond them not separate them. That didn't last too long, and the craze disappeared.

Go figure, the terms are offensive, than they are not offensive, than back to offensive again. Like the black americana art, whats next, burnng it all?

I wonder in Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn if there was reference to someone being "White" if that was edited?

January 6, 2011
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Yeah I remember that Sambos thing. I think you're right, that's about when all this PC-run-amuck stuff started.

Now look at how pampered and easily traumatized everyone is.

I think all the (successful) lawsuits from then until now is what's driving most of it. Everyone wants to claim they've been irrepairably damaged so they can get their free money.

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January 7, 2011
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One of the dumbest things you Honkies have ever done.

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January 8, 2011
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You know, Billy, you kind of throw me for a loop sometimes.

Typically I don't like you, no offense, we're just totally incompatible with our ethics, or at least that's what I've gathered from our limited exchanges. But then you say something like and make me chuckle.

Anyway, I never read that book, but I read To Kill a Mockingbird which as I'm sure you all know deals with race. I think if a book has a positive story about racism, as in it deters it, what in tarnation is the point of censoring it? Hatred is a part of life, it happens, people hate other people for silly reasons. That is a fact of life, who is being helped by trying to hide something that WILL happen?

Political correctness will be the downfall of "civilized" society.

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January 8, 2011
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Didn't Mark Twaine's official memiors come out, only recently?
(Hey BC/Mark..where you at these days?)
I want them.
I love Huck Finn.
It was one of my favorite books as a kid.

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January 8, 2011
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Tairaa: Opposites attract.

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January 9, 2011
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WTF??? Huck was my favorite book as a kid .. thank the lord I have an unedited version in my book collection.

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LET THE REVOLUTION BEGIN!!!

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