Well, that little link I posted yesterday wasn’t enough for on the subject of removing the word “nigger” from Huck Finn and replacing it with “slave.” I went ahead and wrote a full blown op-ed for AOL News. Here’s a snippet:
The editors of NewSouth say it’s an effort to help Huckleberry Finn, which often has been banned, find its way back into classrooms. They argue that they are not censoring the novel, but updating it for 21st century sensibilities.
“Huckleberry Finn,” almost always regarded as an American classic, is a story of an unlikely friendship between Huck, a white adolescent, and Jim, an enslaved black man. I find it peculiar that the concept of human chattel is not too harsh for young readers, but a six-letter word renders this work obscene.