Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Censorship in my opinion.
In an updated edition, the powers that be have determined that the word 'nigger' should no longer feature in Huckleberry Finn. It will be replaced with 'slave'.
It's not a nice word, I will concede. It has been used in an appalling manner. It is derogatory in most cases of usage, and shows off a period of history that none of us should be proud about.
Huckleberry Finn was first published in 1884. In those times the 'n' word was used. The word 'injun' was also used (something else they are planning to update). It showcases a particular part of history, and to sanitize that is to almost deny that it took place. I genuinely think children (and adults!) should acknowledge the way that we behaved against black people, so that history never repeats itself.
Where is our courage? Why would we change a work that has remained as is for over a hundred years, just because 'nigger' makes people feel uncomfortable?
What is your take? Censorship or a necessary evil?