Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I find it disappointing that novels deemed anti-slavery by many, some blacks included, would be so drastically alienated, and misrepresented to become a perpetuation of racism in the minds of a few. While I see the argument that some make about the use of the "n word" being degrading, I think that on a whole they are missing the whole point of the novel, and require a better education and understanding of the meaning, and intention of Twain. I find that the fact that these few confused individuals are truly the ones bringing attention to a problem which many surely understood the meaning behind initially, and are merely getting in the way of the many more important messages the book has to offer. The novel itself is a classic of American literature and though many would say that we should just find another classic, no book better portrays the birth and influence of realism, and has caused so much social controversy than "The Adventures of Huck Finn." In this way the experience can not be replicated. While controversy might seem negative, this novel truly challenged the norms at the era, and over came them, standing the test of time, and progressing ideals that have proven to transcend time. If the overarching morales taught in the book can span more than an era, there is obviously much to be learned, and the oversensitivity, and the encroachment of political correctness would deny us and our future generations from partaking of this knowledge. Just because some people would choose to ban a single word, does not make it go away. People must learn to be respectful of the use of such words, and should, through confronting the conflict surrounding it, overcome the racist sentiment formerly related to the word. This is an ongoing practice, as seen through the word's use in popular culture in a more positive light by many prominent, and vocal figureheads in the last decade. Critics would have you ban the word from existence, but it will always be there lurking in the background for use by those would use it with the intention to harm, the revoking of this word would only make each use more powerful. By assimilating the word in a harmless manner, yet still accepting its painful past, and teaching ourselves to respect boundaries through regular contact, and recognition of its uselessness, and blind hate, we as a society might be able to progress, as we have been able to do to some extent with the same issues in the past.

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