Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Censored Version of Huck Finn, Courtesy of New South

NewSouth, Inc., a small publishing house in Montgomery, AL, is releasing a new edition of Mark Twain's ubiquitous novel Huckleberry Finn that erases all two-hundred and nineteen instances of the word "nigger" from the original text.

The company waxes, one might say, creative, when explaining this choice:
"If the publication sparks a good debate about how language impacts learning
or about the nature of censorship or the way in which racial slurs exercise their
baneful influence, then our mission in publishing this new edition of Twain's works
will be more emphatically fulfilled."

If putting your shoes in a bowl of jello opens a dialogue about the evils of putting someone's shoes in a bowl of jello....

Here's what This Week In Blackness's editor-in-chief Elon James White has to say about the matter in Salon.com

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