Nixing the “N-word”
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:
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.”