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.