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Rewriting Twain? Really?

  1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
    BillyDRitchieposted 6 years ago

    I'm surprised no one has posted about this...but apparently there is a new edition of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn being released in Feb with all references to the "N" word removed. 

    Are you or are you not in favor of fundamentally altering classic works in order to make them more politically correct for modern audiences?  Why or why not?

    I say leave the classics alone.  Let them stand as a testament to the time in which they were created.

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      china manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is not double standard - it is pure ignorance.  Twain wrote it partly in defense of the negro slave, blacking out the n word just reflects the modern tendency to black out the race issues that are still alive and kicking in many places, especially the USA.

      1. Jim Hunter profile image60
        Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        "blacking out the n word just reflects the modern tendency to black out the race issues that are still alive and kicking in many places, especially the USA."

        Oh yeah, the racist USA, we have a black leader....do you?

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          china manposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          What ?  are you saying the US is not racist ?

          1. Jim Hunter profile image60
            Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I'm saying that in November of 2008 a majority of citizens of the U.S. elected a black man to lead them.

            Assuming you don't live in the U.S. has your country ever done that?

        2. Flightkeeper profile image73
          Flightkeeperposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Dude, the guy thinks you're TK Sensei...

          lol  He probably thinks Obama's white.

          1. Jim Hunter profile image60
            Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I get accused of being all kinds of people.

            Its funny.

            1. Flightkeeper profile image73
              Flightkeeperposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              lol lol I know, but it's so funny that you can make the libs in the forum foam in the mouth. I do enjoy it so. I'm sorry that you have to go through it.  smile

              1. Jim Hunter profile image60
                Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you for your concern.

                They do get a little huffy don't they.

    2. Shadesbreath profile image87
      Shadesbreathposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The only people who read Twain as racist are people that don't have the intelligence to follow the stories he wrote. He was a smart man, so it is not hard to imagine how the slow miss it. The depth and beauty of his humanity in Huckleberry Finn, his absolutely genius approach to CLEARLY ILLUMINATING what was wrong with racism while pretending to have no opinion, is incredible.

      Only the stupid don't see it, and to allow that kind of ignorance to deprive future generations of Twain's genius is a travesty. I get so sick of people looking for racism under every rock and behind every door. They are so sure the world is out to get them that they have lost the ability to truly tell which is which.  Their whole world is an ink-blot test filled with white hoods and conspiracies.

    3. lxxy profile image60
      lxxyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I only caught the lead-in to said news story--but as soon as they mentioned Mark Twain, Huck Finn, and "editing" I thought of the only word one might object to.

      I opine this to be analogous to many great literary books forewarning us of this day--Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 prime examples.

      "He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future"-George Orwell

      1. Flightkeeper profile image73
        Flightkeeperposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        And let's not forget Animal Farm and doublespeak.  His novels are certainly prescient.

        1. lxxy profile image60
          lxxyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yep! His vision of the future is our nightmare reality..

      2. Buffoon profile image83
        Buffoonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Same thoughts here:

        http://hubpages.com/hub/Political-corre … ig-brother

        I'm infuriated at this total insanity but at least it's good to see some sanity and common sense still exist in the world.

    4. marwan asmar profile image65
      marwan asmarposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think classics should be left alone as they reflect eras and the "genuinity" of these periods. As to political correctness, well, its "good" and everywhere; we don't need to be reminded of it everytime!

  2. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 6 years ago

    Ssshhh! You're not supposed to be pointing out the double standard.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      ?

      1. Jim Hunter profile image60
        Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I think she means that most liberals believe that conservatives want to ban or rewrite books.

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
          Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          But why is a double standard just because someone didn't bring this up in the forum after it was made the cause de jour? Some of us do have lives outside the forum.

          1. Jim Hunter profile image60
            Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I'll let you figure out why its a double standard.

            Not that you would ever admit to there being one.

            1. SarahLinny profile image86
              SarahLinnyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              I think that china man makes a pretty good point. To say that the USA is not racist because we have a black leader is a bit ignorant. There is a good chance that china man is also a citizen of the US, and for you to blindly assume that he is not because of his name is in and of itself racist and small minded.

              Yes, we have a black leader, but that black leader speaks like a white man, is surrounded by white people, and is the first person of ANY color to lead our country after a long line of privileged white males...

              But let me guess, you're not racist because you have a Black friend and maybe kissed a Black girl once (but you'll never bring her home because she's just not your type).

              Do you happen to be from the midwest?

              1. SarahLinny profile image86
                SarahLinnyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Okay, let me add a bit to my comment. In my surprise at your inability to see your own bigotry, those of you who attacked so quickly at someone's mention of a major downfall of the US (a country of which, mind you, I am a proud citizen), I failed to look at china man's profile and see that he is, in fact, in China. My mistake.

                However, let me maintain my original point while altering the way I made it. You attack a man who lives in another country for the way his country is run, for his leader not being of another race but Chinese, but at the same time, you say that his country is racist. Is your whole point not relying on a racist issue? You are a hypocrite of the most dangerous kind, my friend, the kind who make an institution of being no more than a closeminded asshole.

                1. Jim Hunter profile image60
                  Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  "You attack a man who lives in another country for the way his country is run, for his leader not being of another race but Chinese, but at the same time, you say that his country is racist."

                  Hmmmm, you're not really following this thread too well.

                  You may want to back up and try again.

                  1. Flightkeeper profile image73
                    Flightkeeperposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    lol lol

                  2. SarahLinny profile image86
                    SarahLinnyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to put thought into what I was saying. And flightkeeper, close your mouth, the flies are getting in.

              2. Jim Hunter profile image60
                Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                "There is a good chance that china man is also a citizen of the US, and for you to blindly assume that he is not because of his name is in and of itself racist and small minded."

                Are you bigoted towards people from the midwest?

                Thats very small minded.

                1. SarahLinny profile image86
                  SarahLinnyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Haha YES! I am. Well, only the ones who make comments like yours.

        2. Ron Montgomery profile image60
          Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          No, you like burning them intact.

          1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
            BillyDRitchieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Odd, I wasn't aware of any conservative who is in favor of banning or burning any book.

            Historically, it has been the liberal side who wishes to shut down any speech they disagree with....(remember the Fairness Doctrine they were determine to impose on talk radio?0

  3. Jaggedfrost profile image81
    Jaggedfrostposted 6 years ago

    oh but my dears, Twain was supposed to be a great thinker of progress.  He cant have such works on his record.  Someone has to clean up his mess.

  4. Rafini profile image88
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Leave the classics alone!  If Mark Twain is allowed to be rewritten, to remove the 'n' word, then Shakespeare's Othello would have to be rewritten to remove all references of Othello being black, and a Moor.  In fact, all Shakespeare's plays would have to be rewritten in order to make sense! Not to mention some of Hawthorne's works, or Charles Dickens, or....

  5. Jim Hunter profile image60
    Jim Hunterposted 6 years ago

    I guess the Tin man should be called the "Recycled materials man".

    The witch is "Alternative religion person".

    The cowardly lion can be "Bravery challenged".

  6. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I'm surprised the Mark Twain foundation is allowing this! It really is taking political correctness too far!

    I think the UK re-worded the nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep" though not sure what to. Not many words can be used instead to keep the rhythm. Maybe they just banned kids from singing it.

  7. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I would leave it. What is next, rewriting To Kill a Mockingbird? Books should definitely be left as they were written, they reflect that time. I can't see how anyone could take that seriously.

    I read Huckleberry Finn as a kid, it did not make me racist...

    I heard about this before the conservative blogs and CNN picked it up but didn't think an actually publisher was doing this. I will be avoiding the publisher from now on.

  8. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    And here we go bringing up the stupid argument that just because a liberal didn't post on the HubPages forum about it that means they accept it and are not upset about it.

    1. Jim Hunter profile image60
      Jim Hunterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I don't believe thats the argument.

      There is a double standard.

      They remove the "N" word so as not to offend.

      What a liberal posts or doesn't post wont change that fact.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image89
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      it's so predictable. I've stopped reading their rants.

      Huck Finn should be left alone.

  9. I am DB Cooper profile image75
    I am DB Cooperposted 6 years ago

    This isn't the first time a censored version of Twain's books has been published. Sales are always flat and the story goes away.

    By the way, is there a reason why nobody is saying the word in question in here? Is it against forum rules? Using the term "the N-word" gives the word more power than it deserves. People don't want to actually say the word, so they use "the N-word", which makes the listener or reader say the actual word in their heads, so the speaker/writer is just shifting the use of the term from themselves to the listener.

    1. lxxy profile image60
      lxxyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Nigger alone is offensive to many, and can be perceived as "racist," which would be definitely against TOS.

      I snigger, recalling a case where a teacher used the word "niggardly" (which, could be classified as being stingy) and reprimanded because of it.

      http://www.adversity.net/special/niggardly_again.htm

      You're absolutely right, tho.

      "It's the suppression of the word that gives it the violence, viciousness."-Lenny Bruce

      1. Shadesbreath profile image87
        Shadesbreathposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        It just infuriates me that so many actually believe we should run the country from a position of appeasing the ignorant and defending hypersensitivity. 

        The offended parent should have been taken aside by the principle of the school and told, privately, "Um, listen ma'am, the word means 'miserly' and, well, so now you know. If you'd like, we have adult literacy classes on Wednesday nights at 7:00, and we'd love to see you there."

        But no, they'd rather make a big show of apology rather than defend what is right. What a bunch of frightened, bullied wimps too terrified to defend themselves, too beaten down by the PC crowd to stand up for truth.

        It's pathetic.

        1. lxxy profile image60
          lxxyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          It went national; people took sides. As with most rulings/dealings such as this, the press propped it up for its controversy points. This isn't the first time I've seen this happen, and it won't be the last.

          This is why you don't go around giving people authority. They don't know what to do with it.

          1. Shadesbreath profile image87
            Shadesbreathposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I've listened to a lot of student debates on this topic in college classrooms. Professors are pressured to pull it from COLLEGE reading lists in AMERICAN lit courses. It's pretty amazing.

  10. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    Some of you hubbers might be surprised by how many school systems have banned Huck Finn. What a shame! As several of you have said, Twain was speaking out AGAINST racism. Ironically, some schools in the Deep South banned the book decades ago because they understood this and didn't like the message. They also didn't like the idea of a white boy and an adult black male having such a close relationship and being naked together.

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    logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago

    I read Huck Finn as a child and rather than make me racist, it impressed upon me that racism is wrong.
    It depends on how one inteprets what one reads I guess.
    Just like anything else, you will see what you want to see in writing, politics, religion,or statistics.

  12. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    Progressives who are rewriting it?

    "10. It’s coming from the “New South.” Actually, NewSouth is the name of the publisher. But some research I’m conducting reveals that there is a quiet movement called the New South that is about rewriting history, reviving the Confederacy and erasing the historical fact of slavery’s existence. Though the publisher does not appear to be connected to this New South movement, and doesn’t appear to have racist intent, it’s hard to ignore a shared revisionist impulse. "

    http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/it … _20110106/

    Every wonder that they may be erasing the word to change history rather than to avoid offense?

 
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