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Huckleberry Finn censored...

The book is being edited to remove the 'N' word.


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Asked by lovinangels at 3:45 PM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Oh geez.... Are people really going that far?

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:45 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • that book is a classic!!!!!!! this is very wrong

    Answer by momofone725 at 3:46 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • yeah, they are. and I find it sad that it can't simply be kept in context.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 3:47 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Seriously? I thought censoring literature in the US was illegal these days. Wow. I would bet there are at least 500 books that contain the "N" word, are they going to hunt them all down and censor them too?

    Answer by FluffyMamaBunny at 3:48 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Censorship is wrong. The n-word is terrible, but it shows what society was like at the time the book was written. I understand we don't want to perpetuate the use of the word, but we don't have to destroy literature to get rid of it.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 3:48 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • The official definition of "censorship" is when the government controls the content of media. Technically, Huck Finn isn't being "censored" because it's not the government that is taking out the n-word. If I understand correctly, what the publisher is doing isn't illegal.

    That said, what's being done IS wrong. Mark Twain wrote Huck Finn as an indictment of slavery, and his use of the n-word reflected the times that he lived in.

    Answer by tinamatt at 3:50 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Turning the word into a giant Orbit commercial, one stupid act at a time


    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:55 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Its a classic. They should keep it the same.

    Answer by Collegemommy910 at 3:55 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Totally unnecessary and actually harmful to the authenticity of literature. Should the schools try this crap when my girls are older; believe I will scour the internet to find them an uncensored version to read and then discuss in class ;-)

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 3:56 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I think that if they feel that it is that necessary, then they should at least add footnotes explaining the censorship so that no history is lost in the story telling. I think that's important.

    Answer by SabrinaBean at 3:59 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

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