Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Although I recognize the detriment and anguish associated with the use of the "n word" and also know that I don't know the full extent of the pain behind the word, I personally think it's a tad ludacris to ban Huck Finn because of it. When Huck Finn was first written, it was banned places in the south because of it's antislavery elements and the powerful ideas surrounding blacks, and now it's the opposite; it's being banned because it is "racist". Huck Finn is not in any way shape or form a "racist" book, nor is it meant to demean. Just because something incorporates race into the book, does not make it racist. As far as the use of the "n word", it was the common language in the south during this time period, and would have subtracted from he realism of the book if any other word was used. Just because the powerful connotation surrounding the "n word" nowadays, doesn't make Mark Twain a racist in any sense. As in the increased use of the "n word" in schools because of Huck Finn, I believe it's somewhat ridiculous that the book is being pinpointed for that. Why don't we look at our entertainment industry as a more logical outlet to point the finger at? Doesn't the entertainment industry glamorize the use of the word, racial steriotyping, etc.? How many times have you turned on a movie and heard the "n word" said? How many times have you put on a cd, only to hear a rapper belting out the "n word" in rhythm? Is school supposed to be that utopian and idealistic to believe that we wouldn't hear these things outside of school? It would be like the teaching of abstinence only sex education, when ignoring the fact that everyone at the school is sexually active. It just isn't realistic. Ergo, instead of banning a classic american novel, school should reinforce the idea that the use of the "n word" is not right and explain the extensive pain caused by the use of the world and take a realistic approach to fighting the ideas of bigotry in modern society.