Okay all. I know we normally don’t post on Friday’s but since this is such big news, I wanted to see if anyone wanted to talk about it. I got this from here.
“A new edition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about to hit the market,without the “n” word in which it appears 219 times.
Alan Gribben, the scholar releasing the new version told Publishers Weekly, “This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind,” said Gribben, speaking from his office at Auburn University at Montgomery, where he’s spent most of the past 20 years heading the English department.
“Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century,” he said.
There’s no question that the repeated appearance of the “n” word draws attention in today’s classrooms. A parent asked St. Louis Park schools to remove Huck Finn from the required reading list but was denied.
Still, Gribben’s idea to replace the word with “slave” is to keep the literary discussion of the book alive, by removing the distraction of the “n” word.
So what do you think? Is it OK to mess with a classic piece of literature? Is this political correctness gone too far?”
My opinion is that I think this just plain disgraceful. How can we just go and change a book of such importance? I feel if they want to take it off the school reading list, that’s fine but to change it and rewrite it is just more than wrong. This is about history and the discord in races even back then. How else will future generations know how things were “back in the day” if we change what people before us wrote?? What about authors who use the “f” word or write about prostitution or adultery or murder and rape? Should we take Mary Magdalene out of the Bible? The Bible would have to be totally rewritten if we changed everything that made people unhappy. Who are we to change what someone else wrote? It’s not our book. It’s not up to someone to change this. America has just gone too far with this.
If you don’t want to read it, DON’T but to change it or rewrite it? This makes me want to cry. Are they going to rewrite Roots or the Holocaust? Should we change The Diary Of Anne Frank because people hated Jews?
If something bothers some do gooder we’ll just change it? Is this what things have come to? This is just beyond me. What do you guys think of this? Who decides stuff like this? Who can take this on themselves like this and feel they are so righteous that they can change a novel like Huck Finn? Gone With The Wind had slaves. What about the racial strife of To Kill A Mockingbird or Black Like Me? Should we change all these works of art?
I’m going now to smack my head against the wall.