Thoughts on the Removal of the N Word from Huckleberry Finn Books

I  attended schools in the Bronx where I grew up that had very few Blacks and whole lot of prejudice white kids who used our required reading of Mark Twain as an excuse to utter those hurtful words. On more than a few occasions I had fights.  But in retrospect those fights would’ve occurred anyway. On those days Huckleberry Finn was the justification..

‘Mark Twain says nigger so why can’t I’, was the asinine line of reasoning.

If we hadn’t read the book it would’ve been and was other incidents that sparked racially charged fights. As I’m writing I’m recalling how the TV series Roots sparked a bunch of fist fights and we were required to watch and discuss that in class.

Personally I think it needs to be conveyed that the use of the word Nigger and injun are bad.. and it should be done so in the very pages students are asked to read.

Replacing the word Nigger with the word Slave is not the best way to go about doing this… I would keep the word and not spell it out.. i.e. Nigger would become N%$#er. That’s done all the time in newspapers and other popular materials that print offensive words..

On a side note what’s gonna happen with the Huckleberry Finn books in Texas? for people who don’t know, the state of Texas is switching up their text books and one of the major changes is they are removing the word ‘slavery’ and replacing it with ‘Atlantic Triangular Trade‘. So will we see that long word used in the Texas books? I’m just saying..

Davey D-

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The Anti-Nigger Petition

THE ANTI-NIGGER PETITION
by – Adissa Banjoko
5/24/99 9:46:38 AM
Adisa Banjoko

Adisa Banjoko

Since 1970, when most people believe the subculture of Hip Hop began, there has always been the essence of “the struggle”. As Hip Hop grew to become a global phenomenon, it was the essence of “the struggle” that attracted many people to it. Public Enemy, KRS-ONE, Kam, Poor Righteous Teachers, X -Clan and others served as a catalyst in showing how Hip Hop could be used as a teaching tool for the future young generations. As Hip Hop continues to expand, the essence of “the struggle” has been pushed to the wayside by corporations who have no initial love or respect for the art. For them, the bottom line has become money. And while knowledge and wisdom once ruled Hip Hop, today ignorance and disrespect have taken over. We have no standards as a loosely based community.

Hence, the movement of justice and universal respect within Hip Hop has all but died. To date, no politician has ever lost office because the people within the Hip Hop community voted him/her out. No bills have been passed because the people within Hip Hop decided something MUST be done about this or that situation. No political prisoners have been freed because of Hip Hop rally’s.

It is time for us to take a step my friends. The ANTI-NIGGA MACHINE is a petition that will be delivered to the record companies of America and the world telling them to no longer release music with the words nigga/nigger and bitch in them. This is not a witch hunt. It is a voluntary effort to better the Hip hop community from within. By signing this document you promise to remove the word nigga/nigger, and bitch (basically a feminine version of nigger) out of your vocabulary. As well, you are saying that starting in the year 2000, you will not support record labels or radio stations or print media that celebrates artists who speak like that to our children. We encourage independent and major label owners and artists to sign this document as well. The words nigga/nigger and bitch is disrespectful to all African men and women.

It’s a small step. But by signing this you are stepping forward into the future with a clean slate, a new dignity and a new sense of cultural pride and respect. Lets give the children of the next generation a new level of self-esteem. Regardless of your race if you truly love Hip Hop culture, sign below and lets move into the future together.

Send your signature of approval to mailto:ironblacklion@yahoo.com. The
signatures will be presented to presidents of record companies and media
outlets within 30 days. Please include your name, occupation and age.
Thank you.

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