The Adventures of Huck Finn, revisited

For the record, I completely agree with Kathleen Parker’s stance on Alan Gribben’s new edition of Twain’s novel in which Gribben changes every instance of the word “nigger” to “slave.”  The way I see it, literature chronicles society – past and present.  Ideas change.  Language evolves.  It’s not our job to do “something constructive by simply eliminating a word that’s a clear barrier for many people.”

Sorry, Mr. Gribben, there’s nothing “constructive” or “simple” about it.

Still, Tim Rutten says it best when he remarks, “The offensive idiocy of vandalism masquerading as sensitivity need not be belabored here.”   Continue reading