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Twain's Classic Loses The N-Word For Modern Age

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Cultural marxists are now changing art to suit their PC obsession...

I only wonder what will come next.

As someone said, dumb it down and sweeten it up and make the little darlings read it out loud and lie to them...

Twain's classic loses the N-word for modern age (Independent LINK)

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

To some, Huckleberry Finn is getting a welcome makeover for the 21st century. To others, the greatest American novel is being sacrificed at the altar of political correctness. Either way, a new edition of Mark Twain's most famous book has deleted all 219 of its mentions of perhaps the most incendiary word in American English: ******.

Claiming they want Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to reach as wide an audience as possible in an era when schools and libraries are painfully sensitive to the ins and outs of racial politics, NewSouth Books, an Alabama publishing house, announced yesterday that the term "slave" will henceforth be used instead.

The man behind the move, the new edition's editor, Dr Alan Gribben of Auburn University, said he hoped to ensure that Twain remains required reading for schoolchildren who might otherwise feel that his casual use of the N-word creates a "barrier" to their enjoying the work.

"This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colour-blind," he told reporters. "Race matters in these books... It's just a matter of how you express that in the 21st century."

In addition to removing "******" from Huckleberry Finn, Dr Gribben has altered the word "injun", in its sister text The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, so as not to offend Native Americans. The name of the villain in that book duly changes from "Injun Joe" to "Indian Joe".

The publisher's blurb celebrates this as "a bold move, compassionately advocated". But Dr Gribben admitted that his new edition would dismay traditionalists. "I'm hoping that people will welcome this new option, but I suspect that textual purists will be horrified," he said. "Already, one professor has told me he is very disappointed."

A chorus of academics, teachers and readers yesterday criticised efforts to rewrite Twain's famous prose as a misplaced exercise in literary censorship.

The plot of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is explicitly progressive, they noted. The book's eponymous hero, a white youth, befriends an escaped slave. He then hears how he has been mistreated by his white master (or rather mistress) and helps him to win freedom.

Thomas Wortham, a prominent Twain scholar at UCLA, compared Dr Gribben to Thomas Bowdler, the British editor of the 19th century who created a notorious "family" version of Shakespeare, which removed all sexual themes so as not to offend Victorian wives and children. "A book like Professor Gribben has imagined doesn't challenge [readers] to ask, 'Why would a child like Huck use such reprehensible language?'" he told Publishers Weekly.

Ironically, Twain, who died in 1910, was a passionate critic of racism, and donated money to a number of civil rights organisations. But his failure to use politically correct language in Huckleberry Finn, which was published in 1885, has nonetheless long been a bone of contention.

In 1957, the New York City Board of Education removed the novel from circulation in elementary and junior high schools. Today, it remains the fourth-most banned book in American schools, according to Banned in the USA, an influential book about literary censorship.

The black author Toni Morrison, meanwhile, addressed the enduring controversy in her introduction to the current Oxford edition of Huckleberry Finn. She admits that the repeated use of the term disturbs her, but nonetheless criticised efforts to remove the book from schools and libraries.

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How will students in future know the conditions in which people lived in Victorian times, as an explanation for our current PC situation if all non-PC references are expunged from the literature?unsure.gif

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There was a very objectionable woman on BBC who used the N word on the breakfast program whilst discussing this.

And followed it with a very smug "I can say this and you can't".

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There was a very objectionable woman on BBC who used the N word on the breakfast program whilst discussing this.

And followed it with a very smug "I can say this and you can't".

Would this be the loud yankee black bird they often have on ?

She is an ****.

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Would this be the loud yankee black bird they often have on ?

She is an ****.

I don't watch it very often anymore to know.

Not sure if she was yank or not.

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What do you call people who come from 'Niger' (not Nigeria) in Africa?

This PC crap has gone too far.

I have difficulty with the offence a word derived from the Latin for 'black' has when they describe themselves as 'black' in English. Just get over the historical connotations and we can all move on.

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I have difficulty with the offence a word derived from the Latin for 'black' has when they describe themselves as 'black' in English. Just get over the historical connotations and we can all move on.

There was a case a few years back of a professor in the US being severely reprimanded (possibly sacked, I cannot recall) when someone took offence at them using the word denigrate in their classroom.

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In addition to removing "******" from Huckleberry Finn, Dr Gribben has altered the word "injun", in its sister text The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, so as not to offend Native Americans. The name of the villain in that book duly changes from "Injun Joe" to "Indian Joe".

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Goodness gracious me.

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I don't know what this word is that you are referring to, the HPC auto-censor has replaced it with asterisks!

Is it ******?

EDIT- D'oh!

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Before WWII, Hitler's Mein Kampf was only published in the UK in abridged form, toning down the anti-semitic remarks. Had it been printed unabridged, it would have still been relatively unlikely to promote National Socialism in Britain, as it was essentilly a diatribe about Germany.

As it was, Hitler gained some support in Britain because readers did not fully know of the extent of his rabid anti-semitism. I don't know why the British edition was abridged in this way.

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Goodness gracious me.

hahahaha

I once had the misfortune of having to attend a function that was themed. It was a cowboy and indian affair.

I went in flip flops, a white sheet and looked like a well fed ghandi. The important people did not see the funny side. :lol:

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hahahaha

I once had the misfortune of having to attend a function that was themed. It was a cowboy and indian affair.

I went in flip flops, a white sheet and looked like a well fed ghandi. The important people did not see the funny side. :lol:

Genius. I will have to remember that one.

Imagine you turned up with a huge Turban on and were all 'blacked up' :lol:

I doubt any Indians would be offended. They would probably think it was class !

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Noddy a few years back, now Huckleberry Finn! :blink:

Shakespeare next? :huh:

It's all rather silly!

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Thank goodness for the BBC! They still play the German episode without any editing.

In a matter of two minutes blacks, Indians, women and Germans are all loudly put down by the Major.

This, to me, is comedy genius, and long may it survive.

******** to PC correctness!

Watch and enjoy...

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N1ggER?

Try reading Conrad without coming across it. One of the greatest writers we ever produced. [british/Polish]

PC gone crazy to rewrite these books.

It also really bugs me, when I watch perfectly harmless films, on ITV, etc, where the censor has removed a completely inoffensive sentence from the film.

Which happens far too often. When that happens I will just change the channel. An over zealous censor trying to justify his position.

My hope is that this will backfire, and certain books will enjoy a resurgence in popularity as a direct consequence of the f**wits politically correct policies.

According to our new laws, these books could be construed as inciting racial hatred. And be locked up.

The UK actually banned Orwells *Animal Farm*, for five years, as it was considered too critical of the USSR!! [Of course this book then became the most popular, sought after book in the USSR.]

'Banned books' quickly become more popular because of their status. [same thing happened with DH Lawrences Lady Chatterelys lover] and countless others.

And I am sure books written by people like Gallileo which were on the original banned book list, courtesy of the catholic church and vatican, the index librorum prohibitorum, were just as popular back then.

As a society, we should be concentrating on expunging these illiterate repressive nincompoops, rather than the authors works.

Thing is, I would like to think I am correct, when I estimate that the overwhelming majority of people, regardless of racial make up, would agree with my pov.

So who is it that empowers these censors? And what is their motivation?

[Dumbing down of the populace?]

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Are you sure about that?

Sorry. Meant, Animal Farm. [Which is even more repressive when you consider it. Even though it was a roman a clef]

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Here it is unabridged, in audio book form: http://librivox.org/adventures-of-huckleberry-finn-by-mark-twain/

No doubt the cultural vandals will be butchering Harriet Beecher Stowes book next... oh wait, it's already called 'America's most often banned books': http://librivox.org/uncle-toms-cabin-by-harriet-beecher-stowe/

The reader, John Greenham who is reading both works does a fabulous job here, enjoy!

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Surely the censorship of the word n1gger is in itself, an aggressive, offensive act, toward post colonial black people?

In my opinion, history should never attempted to be rewritten, whatever the reason.

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