by Dave Blount | January 5, 2011 2:14 pm
Inevitably, the squishy soft form of totalitarianism known as political correctness has reached the point that great works of literature are being rewritten to conform to current ideological orthodoxy:
Mark Twain wrote that “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.” A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” will try to find out if that holds true by replacing the N-word with “slave” in an effort not to offend readers.
Twain scholar Alan Gribben, who is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books, said the N-word appears 219 times in “Huck Finn” and four times in “Tom Sawyer.”
Under liberalism, watering down Twain’s masterpiece into lukewarm mush may be the only way to get it back into schools.
Published in the U.S. in 1885, “Huck Finn” is the fourth most banned book in schools, according to “Banned in the U.S.A.” by Herbert N. Foerstal, a retired college librarian who has written several books on First Amendment issues.
Despite failing to conform to contemporary thought codes, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a key part of our culture. Here‘s what Ernest Hemingway had to say about it:
“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ … All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”
Better our bleeding heart overlords should ban the book outright than twist it into something else. At least then we could memorize it, like the characters do in Fahrenheit 451. But it’s not enough for progressives to suppress our civilization; they want to erase it by replacing it.
Exsecting the blasphemous “N-word” will be only the beginning, as has already been confirmed.
In addition to replacing the N-word, Gribben changes the villain in “Tom Sawyer” from “Injun Joe” to “Indian Joe” and “half-breed” becomes “half-blood.”
Maybe next the genders of Petruchio and Katherina will be reversed in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew lest anyone find it sexist. Then characters will be changed throughout literature to meet race and “sexual orientation” quotas, making the works more “inclusive.” After that, the authorities might rewrite great books so that the “historically disadvantaged” find them easier to read.
Encouragingly, even the moonbats at NPR are appalled. A poll currently finds that 96% are opposed to imposing 1984-style political revisions on Twain’s great work.
On tips from Ianto, mega, Muddypaw, and born in 76. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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