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Nixing the “N-word”

By Debra Dobbins


Cartoonist Robert Ariail of the Spartanburg (NC) Herald-Journal plays on Mark Twain’s recollection of what Twain once told a reporter about rumors he had died: “The reports are my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Ariail’s cartoon alludes to a publisher’s plans to bring out a sanitized version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn next month. In this version, the “N-word” has become “slave,” and “Injun” has become “Indian.”

The decision has stirred up quite a bit of debate. To learn more about both sides of the issue, go to:
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/06/huck-finn-censorship-and-the-n-word-controversy/

Delia Lloyd’s blog is worth reading, as are the links she includes.

In the meantime, here’s another memorable Twain quote:
“So I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn’t find honest employment.”

(source: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/twain.asp)
 

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