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By Rob Douthit:
Sanitizing the American classic, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is a disservice to the novel and does nothing to further the discussion of racism.
The news this week that an edition of Mark Twain’s 19th century novel will be released by NewSouth Books and Auburn University Twain scholar Alan Gribben with the ‘‘n’’ word removed and replaced by the word “slave,” is troubling. “Injun” is also excised. It’s troubling because there is no way we can deal with the history of racism and the continuing racism in this country without dealing with the ugly language that it spawns.