Why stop at changing “Huckleberry Finn?”

A reader of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote the following on Monday, January 17, 2011: I was delighted to read that the new edition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will replace the “n-word” with the word “slave” to spare the sensibilities of the young people.

After all, most of today’s teens have lived pretty sheltered lives. Growing up listening to rap music and exploring the cultural riches of the Internet, most of them have surely never encountered that word. Why upset them?

Perhaps it would be even better if we replaced Huckleberry Finn with Huckleberry Hound cartoons. The name is very similar, and the cartoons are wholesome, funny and inoffensive. Ultimately, it would be best to simply eliminate the study of literature altogether. Literature provokes hard and sometimes unpleasant thinking, challenges deeply held beliefs, and threatens the status quo. And who needs that?

Studies indicate we are already well on the way to achieving the goal of the literature free public. The result will be a happier, more docile, more patriotic citizenry, and that is surely something to be cheered–particularly by those kindly elites who have selflessly assumed the burden of governing us.… James W Harris

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