|You Have to Call Him a Slave (But the NYT is Cool |
Enough to Call Him the N-Word, Uncensored)
From the article:
"Next month, you will be able to buy the single- volume NewSouth Edition of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” edited by Professor Alan Gribben of Auburn University at Montgomery. It differs from other editions of those books because Mr. Gribben has turned the word “nigger” — as used by Tom and Huck — into “slave.” Mr. Gribben has also changed “Injun” to Indian.
"We are horrified, and we think most readers, textual purists or not, will be horrified too. The trouble isn’t merely adulterating Twain’s text. It’s also adulterating social, economic and linguistic history. Substituting the word “slave” makes it sound as though all the offense lies in the “n-word” and has nothing to do with the institution of slavery."You see, the NYT is actually so angry about slavery, and the hateful evil white people like themselves responsible for it (let's not get into what really happened right now), that, well, they are just so mad that they're going for once to actually print the n-word, just to show how angry they are about slavery. And to show how cool and genuine they are, too.