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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

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I don't agree with banning or sanitizing books. I believe in using the things you don't like about them as teaching points.

There is a version of Huck Finn coming out where "slave" is substituted for the N-word. It's being offered for use in schools where Huck Finn is currently banned. And I guess using that version is better than not using it at all. But it's definitely not as good as the real thing. For one thing, not everyone referred to as an N-word in the book is a slave. So it's inaccurate. And it's a way of sanitizing or turning a blind eye to history rather than acknowledging, addressing and dealing with it.

Jen,
Interesting point. I just recently read aobut that version of Huck Finn. I agree that it does seem to be turning a bling eye to history.

Thanks for the comment!
Anna

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