Mark Twain, Censored
The other day, I saw on Twitter that Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn was being “edited” to removed the “offensive” words. That’s a nice way of saying it’s being censored.
The deal is this: they are taking out the word “nigger” and replacing it with “slave” in the hopes that this version won’t be banned from some schools. But, I think they are missing the point. Schools ban this book because they are into censorship and limiting what their students read, learn and think. I am not sure I believe that this edit will help make the book more readable in schools. Perhaps the language was just an excuse schools use to ban the book and they will now just find another reason to limit students’ reading of Twain’s novels.
What do you think of the edit? Of censorship?