No “Niggers” and No “Injuns” ???!!

New Edition of Mark Twain\’s Huck Finn to lose the N-Word (video)

If you haven’t heard, Mark Twain’s classic “Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn” will be released sans the words “Nigger”(replaced
with ‘slave’) and “Injun”(omitted). Teachers reported that the
words have no place in the classroom. While I do agree that these
words have no business in social circles, I believe it’s presence
in the text makes room for educators to teach why the word should
not be used. While the presence of these words open the door for
children to use them in demeaning ways, it makes teachers and
parents responsible by forcing them to make sure children know
about critical parts of American History. I remember passing over
the word “nigger” in my English class in high school while reading
Huck Finn. My American Literature teacher Mrs. Walsh briefed us on
why we pretended the word was not there, but it stuck out like a
sore thumb. The only way to heal a sore thumb is to know where it
is at all times and take care of it. I have an idea. Why not just
teach the book later in our academic careers, at an age where we
are able to read it with a more mature mind? Bottom line: I believe
the words should remain. What do you think??

Positively Influence,



One thought on “No “Niggers” and No “Injuns” ???!!

  1. well key, i personally enjoyed huck finn. and it really had nothing to do with the fact the word nigger pops up over 200 times. what really matters is the content. theres a reason why its recommended reading for high school students. theres also another reason high school students read it, and not middle school student. while the word is highly offensive, the point of the book being read is not to further insult those who are offended or victims of the word. besides the blatant fact that the word usage or diction of the novel actually sets the setting for the book. stripping away diction and setting of a novel makes it lose a lot of its significance. its been there forever, and if i read it or my children read it, it’s not going to make a difference except to strip away from the book. i mean, are we going to start editing shakespeare? take out his innuendos like the “beast with two backs” in othello? lets not try to correct literature, its fine as is and im sure we can deal with it by being mature beings.

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