Recently I became embroiled into a debate on Facebook about changing the language in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It quickly escalated from talk about changing a piece of history to who should be allowed to use the N word.
LET ME SAY THIS NOW: I DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, APPROVE OF THE N WORD, FOR ANYONE.
So, it started out with A putting her status that she didn't think the language in Huck Finn should not be changed because it is a part of history and that's how things were then. A friend of her's, V, said that A was ignorant, said the F word a couple of times and that Huck Finn should be changed because it is offensive and repressive to black people. J asked her if rap music should be changed then? V said rappers put an "a" at the end of it so it's okay; it's not the same. I said then I think nonwhite people should not be allowed to say cracker or cracka. Only white people are allowed. V continued to talk about ignorant people and us having our GED's. All the while spelling incorrectly. I pointed this out. Telling her her post may have delivered more of the sass she was going for if she knew how to spell correctly or at the very least double checked her work. She said she was typing on a Blackberry so that makes incorrect spelling okay.
She continuously missed the point. We all agreed with her that the N word is offensive to everyone and should not be used by anyone. But we don't think that changing every book in history is appropriate.
So, I open this up to you. What is your stance on changing the Mark Twain books? Not your stance on using the N word. We all agree that noone should use it.