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Huckleberry Finn Historically, Politically Correct

January 6, 2011

I read an article online today about some guy who is re-writing the book Huckleberry Finn, because he does not like the use of the “N” word in it.  While he is at it he wants to take out the use of the word “injun”.  It seems he (some self-appointed Politically Correct Gestapo type) doesn’t like what happened or what was said way back then.  So, he’s just going to re-write the whole book and take out what he considers the “bad” words.   Just who is this guy?  Why should I care?  Well, this moron thinks that he can change history by removing words from the pages of books.   

Well, you cannot change history.  But you can change the present and that’s what knowing about history is all about.  You see what was said and done long ago and what you didn’t like about it and then you change those things that still exist by doing so in today’s world.  We learn from our mistakes or those mistakes in the past. 

The man who wrote the piece was pointing out how wrong it is to think one can change history by erasing the facts.  I happen to agree with him. 

Huckleberry Finn and all the other books that were written way back when should be left as they are.  It is time the teachers in school do some teaching.  As painful as hearing words like the “N” word including numerous other words, the events and language of historic times must be taught to our young so that they can learn from it.  It must be taught to our young so they know and learn to understand how these words from the past have affected people over the years.  It is time for students to understand how things use to be and how much they have changed and improved.  It seems that society has come to the point where it is all right to re-word books just because some self appointed, Politically Correct idiot thinks it should be done.  Just who are these Politically Correct, self-appointed police?

 Before we re-write great books about our history, it would be nice, in my opinion, if the Politically Correct people went after the Record companies of Today and stopped the use of the “N” word in the songs that the rappers sing.  These Politically Correct people need to go after the Black comics that think it’s all right for them to use the “N” word because they are black, therefore giving them license to do and say things that are insulting to their own race.  Now, I’m not being racist by saying this but I find that very few White people, comedians etc. have the guts to use the “N” word because they know and you and I know that they will be black balled (no pun intended) from ever working again and that’s only after the Black community publicly chastises them.  Well, the Black community must stand up to it’s own and stop them from using these words and phrases.

 If things are to change then change them in today’s world when and where they are being said, sung and written about.   Leave the letters, books, poems and songs from historic times alone.  It is a fact that they were said and used in those times.  One cannot change what has already happened, it’s history.  Learn from it. 

Stop these same words from being used today, by the young, in their songs and in their stand up comedy routines.  You cannot erase History, once it has happened. 

You can prevent the use of today’s bad language from becoming history in the future by preventing the use of these words in today’s literature, songs, and comedic routines.  This is where the correction should be made.  It is true that one needs to learn from History and many do not.  You can’t learn anything from reading about the past if you are not reading the Truth as to what was said and done so long ago, which is why you can not take the words off the pages of historic literature, which was written at a time when those words were “Politically Correct” and act as though they were never said.   ss