Here is the latest Media Absurdity, New South Books wants to rewrite the history of the old south. I guess that’s why the publisher is named ‘New South’ books.
Recently, South Books informed the world that that they will remove the ‘n’-word from their upcoming republication of Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.
I consider it crude raw unabated censorship, an infringement of our unique American right to freedom of speech, and a gross distortion of Twain’s view of the world as it existed in his day.
Twain’s wrote about a time when slavery existed in America. Slavery at the time of Twain was ugly and at times downright evil. The rawest racist language of his day is highlighted by all the characters in his books.
Twain got it right a century and a quarter ago by creating the character Huck Finn. Huck Finn’s use the n-word with other crude racial epithets was Twain’s protest against racial bigotry.
Twain conveyed the sentiment that was part of America’s horrid racial legacy. Had Twain sugar coated the language he painted a real world scene instead of some wizzard of oz fantasy.
Huck Finn’s ugly language provides perhaps the most realistic insight to life as an American slave. To Remove the ‘n’ word would be hypocritical.
Like Charles Dickens from a quarter century earlier, what make Twain and Dickens great was their ability to write about the real world with all its cruelty and goodness. They brought to readers minds, the injustice in society buy building such believable characters. Their language was and is the first step in curing social injustice.
Yes Huck Finn’s ugly language was mean and ugly, yet it provided perhaps the most real insight to life as an American slave. To remove the ‘n’ word would be hypocritical in my opinion.
Today’s standard of PC, political correctness, is a far bigger absurdity than Twain’s use of the n-word. Keep the n-word in Huck Finn so generations from now will learn from a world that was more real than any other documentation that existed in the day.
Let’s never forget man’s cruelty to man, let’s never forget the words of Huck Finn and Jim.