New Edition of Huckleberry Finn to Have All the Bad Words Removed

New Edition of Huckleberry Finn to Have All the Bad Words Removed.

ok, this sucks.  this sucks hard.

Twain wrote in the vernacular.  to substitute the word ‘nigger’ for the word ‘slave’ in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is whitewashing (heh) and ridifuckinglicious.

if schools are not capable/willing to teach Huckleberry Finn in the context of its time and place, it shouldn’t be taught at all.  a sad commentary on the state of teaching/education in this country.

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14 thoughts on “New Edition of Huckleberry Finn to Have All the Bad Words Removed

  1. I completely agree. Do NOT mess with peoples’ writing. Teach that it may not be a good way to speak at this time, but don’t fucking CHANGE it!!!

    I was so mad at the United Methodist church when they rewrote the hymnal to take all the “gender” out of it. Words like “Mankind” were removed because it might offend some retarded feminist. People wrote those hymns and NO ONE should have the right to change the words.

    (ok, have you ever mistyped “hymns” as “hymens”? I just did. :P

  2. have you ever mistyped “hymns” as “hymens”?
    heh.
    Kentucky did the same whitewashing with the state song, Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home”. like you, I don’t understand what is accomplished by the whitewashing. it doesn’t change the past. we now know to not use offensive language; we shouldn’t pretend it was never used.

  3. Since when is it okay to rewrite, and publish, an author’s work… and still present it as the original?!?! I totally disagree with this decision!

  4. This sort of censorship is done mainly to prevent adults from being embarrassed by questions about slavery, racism, and US history. Or to keep teachers from having to teach a text—god forbid a teacher’s own ignorance about the history of the South and racism be exposed by a “children’s book” written in the 19th century.

    I’m saddened to hear this: I thought this discussion was done with, hashed out and settled by all those right-wing critics who complained about political correctness on college campuses. But it goes to show that Mark Twain can still set off an explosion like Tom Sawyer releasing a frog at a ladies’ auxiliary tea. Polite, timid souls, stand aside.

  5. First of all, the word nigger as used by Twain was not a racial reflection, but a reflection of the times and life then extant.
    Eliminating that word is violation of American life and literature. Twain wrote the truth, but it seems that NewSouthBooks are not interested in truth in fiction. If the title of that company truly represents the south (and I live there) then it is time for us to move to the north.
    It’s hard for me to believe that the American people will allow censorship in this day and age.
    I denigrated Germany’s censorship and Italy’s, when I was old enough. I learned, in school, of the evils of any kind of censorship and to what it can lead.
    In order to be free, America must fight any and all censorship. Otherwise, friends, we are simply slaves of those people who are in power. History shows us that any past nation that allowed censorship sooner, not later, became a dictatorship and eventually became a nation that could not and would not protect its own citizens.
    Those who will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, again and again.
    Those who stand for censorship are negating Abraham Lincoln’s remark about our being a nation of freedom.
    Beware of those who want thought police.

      • Salon.com ran an article in defense of the new “whitewashed” edition. I was a little surprised, but the comments are running 20 to one against it. Now they have a second essay where another writer attacks it.

        The first writer thought the “N-less” edition would make the book more accessible to children and people who refused to read the book because of the language. While it sounds understandable, I feel sorry for kids who will later go to college thinking they read Huck Finn, only to get ripped apart by a college professor and the demands of critical thinking, which requires you to read and listen to “offensive” words.

        http://www.salon.com/news/race/index.html?story=/books/feature/2011/01/04/huckleberry_finn_cleaned_up

  6. I just get all goosebumpy thinking about how clean and fresh and neatly pressed this version will be.

    And then I throw up.

  7. I think one of the more shameful things about this is the utter disregard for Twain’s love of LANGUAGE. He wrote phonetically a lot because he felt that the way people sound is important, it evokes character and a realness that pops off the page at you. His choice of wording worked the same way. “Nigger” was truth to him, it was how people really talked. If anything, the example has become a valuable lesson for Americans as a contemporary reminder of how things used to be. Why on earth would we take that away?

  8. May as well, they interpreted the hell out of the Bible…

    Seriously though, so many people are worried about being PC and not offending with words like that today, that even the massive Disney won’t be likely to re-release Song of the South, which is oddly a pretty good movie.

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