Publisher removing the critical thinking in reading

I read an article in the USA Today that was very interesting, especially in terms of trying to encourage people to read critically and to consider the time the author was writing in. The article focused around a publisher removing the word “nigger” from a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and replacing it with the word “slave” instead. Interestingly enough USA Today removed the “N” word from the article itself as well.

I can see the reasoning behind moving it, but what does this really teach us about dealing with things that are difficult and understanding our history? Are we going to just remove pieces of history as we please because they are difficult to deal with? Did the author not have a point he was making by using that specific word? What are we telling future generations about the best way to handle things that upset us?

Read the full article here and please share your comments!


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