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Published:January 5th, 2011 16:34 EST

Outrage: New Version Of Huckleberry Finn To Replace N-Word With Slave

By Robert Paul Reyes

"What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books` upcoming edition of Mark Twain`s seminal novel `Adventures of Huckleberry Finn` will remove all instances of the N-word -- I`ll give you a hint, it`s not nonesuch -- present in the text and replace it with slave.

The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it."

CNN.Com

This is political-correctness run amok -- Gribben is an example of intellectual idiots (Yeah, I know it`s oxymoron) who feel that the goal of a writer should be not to offend anyone. If these morons had their druthers library shelves would be stocked with pablum fit only for toddlers.

It`s all about context, context! Any adult who doesn`t understand the context in which Twain uses the offensive word is an ignorant fool worthy only of contempt. When a teacher instructs her class to read "Huckleberry Flint", it`s her responsibility to place the novel in historical context.

Censorship is the enemy of liberty, freedom and creativity; the racial slur used against blacks should be spelled out in newspapers and Web sites. The phrase "N-Word" is a symbol of the wussification of our country. When a newspaper publishes an uncensored quote in which a racist uses the abominable word, it`s not an endorsement of the hatred behind the word.

I wonder what word Gribben will use to replace "injun"? To use the word "Indian" to refer to a Native American is disrespectful and of course politically-incorrect? If Gribben replaces "injun" with "Native American" it would be the epitome of stupidity.

It`s ironic that a few civil rights leaders want to ban or edit Twain`s masterpiece in the name of defending African-Americans` integrity, when the runaway slave Jim, is the most noble character in the novel.

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