I just read an article on CNN.com which says that there is a new edition of Mark Twain’s classic work The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This would not normally be noteworthy except for one thing, this particular work has all reference to the n-word removed and replaced with the word “slave”.
This is ridiculous, people. Must we dumb down and bowdlerize everything? The book is actually a scathing critique of the racial attitudes of the era, one which put for what was at them time a bold message, that blacks were human beings. The n-word was to put it simply, how many people referred to blacks back than. It is shocking now, but times were different back than. Sadly it seems that we are too dumb to understand context these days. Thus, we seek to sanitize anything that we regard as being vaguely offensive. It is sad really.