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J. PHARAOH DOSS

J. PHARAOH DOSS

My title reincarnates the literary debate of 2011: Should a publisher replace the N-word with “slave” in Mark Twain’s classic novel?

Huckleberry Finn was criticized after it was published in 1885 for obscenity, atheism, coarse manners, low moral tone, and anti-southernism, and after school desegregation in the 20th century the novel was condemned as racist.

The reason was the N-word appeared in the novel 219 times.

Proponents of the notion that history fostered self-esteem felt Black students shouldn’t be introduced to a character that used a dehumanizing term regardless of the novel’s historical reality.

So the book was banned in most public schools.

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