Pearl-clutching: My response to the Huck Finn controversy
Thank you and good night.
…Seriously though, we censor movies on television, we have “children’s versions” of books–we have easy reader versions, and juvenile versions, and adult versions of books. Why is this printing so special? Because someone thought it was news.
Way back in my LittMeth (Literary Methodologies) class at Stockton, we had a discussion on “the n word” and I was so used to my black friends–yeah, I said it–tossing it around all the time that I was startled for a second when a girl in class spoke up and said it made her horribly, horribly uncomfortable. But then I thought, “Why SHOULD she be comfortable, just because ___ and ___ are?” Would it be easier for her, emotionally, mentally, to read a version where the words have been changed but she’s aware of the original use and context? Probably. So why shouldn’t she have that book, so long as it’s properly labeled as altered?
No one’s asking to retro-fit the rest of the editions, as far as I can tell. So I don’t see the controversy, except that which has been created by the media. Sigh.