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Re: NAACP seeks ban on Huck Finn classic
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- Subject: Re: NAACP seeks ban on Huck Finn classic
- From: Fran Morris <moras@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 07:14:05 -0500
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Here we go again! Why can't people let history be history and learn from
it? Nobody suggests that we ban all books on the holocaust because it was
an affront to Jews. They, in fact, want to keep it alive. It seems to me
that if the black population would do the same with the literature that
portrayed them in a negative, that it would force an examination of how
people treat other people and therefore instigate change (which I feel has
already happened, anyway).
Most people don't want censure, but if we start censuring history ---
think of what happened in Russia -- they rewrote history, which isn't
history at all, but a fantasy.
> NAACP seeks ban on Huck Finn classic
> Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is offensive
> to black students and should be banned from classrooms across the
> state, the Pennsylvania NAACP says.
> Although the state Education Department said books discussed in
> classrooms are selected locally, NAACP officials said yesterday they
> would lobby lawmakers and education associations to have the book
> removed from mandatory reading lists.
> "I can think of many fights that have occurred when persons of color
> have been called 'n-----,' " NAACP member George Love said at a
> Harrisburg news conference. "It is insulting to African-American
> students to sit in a classroom while the term is used in required
> reading." The 1884 novel about a white boy's first-person account of
> his adventures along the Mississippi River with a runaway slave named
> Jim has been controversial for decades because of its use of racial
> slurs and its representations of blacks and women.