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Traditional raft, from 1884 edition of Adventu...

Traditional raft, from 1884 edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new edition Of ‘Huckleberry Finn’ eliminates offensive words http://n.pr/fkIQCm. Because of the controversy over whether Huckleberry Finn is racist or anti-racist, and because the word “nigger” is frequently used in the novel, many have questioned the appropriateness of teaching the book in the U.S. public school system. Although I am against censorship, I advocate postponing when students read this. Although the book has a good plot, and good intentions, the use of the “n” word was enough to make me not want to go to school when we read it. I remember thinking the white students were going to think that all black people are slow and ignorant like Jim. (more…)