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Huckleberry Finn Deemed Politically Incorrect

Huckleberry Finn Deemed Politically Incorrect
December 15
17:30 2015

Due to the novel’s overuse of the “N-word,” a Philadelphia school decided to ban Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – a beloved American classic that has been taught in schools for generations.

As a lover of literature myself, I am greatly saddened that one of America’s favorite stories is now considered “inappropriate” for today’s youth simply for using vocabulary that was common during the time period in which the fictional Huckleberry Finn exists.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Friends’ Central School banned the novel from an 11th-grade literature class after the text made students uncomfortable. “We have all come to the conclusion that the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits,” wrote Art Hall, the school’s principal, in a letter sent to parents.

The school prides itself on Quaker values and according to the institution’s website aims to focus on “peaceful resolution of conflicts, seeking truth, and collaboration.”

ADVENTURES_OF_HUCKLEBERRY_FINN-2Deborah Caldwell-Stone of the American Library Association slammed the school’s action as censorship: “We would still see this as a kind of censorship because there is something to be learned from this work,” she told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The school’s principal shot back: “I do not believe that we’re censoring. I really do believe that this is an opportunity for the school to step forward and listen to the students.”

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the story of Huck, a boy who runs away from an abusive father and builds a friendship with a runaway slave named Jim. If anything, the book teaches solidarity between races. Nonetheless, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass has been chosen to replace Twain’s book.

Author’s Note: As high schools and universities across the nation continue to capitulate to student demands, I fear that more and more historically significant material will be censored in future years. I also fear for a nation of youth that are so touchy and so easily offended that they can’t even read a fictional novel without feeling challenged or uncomfortable.

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