08 January 2011

Mark Twain and Niggers

Scholar Alan Gribben working with NewSouth Books has launched the most recent attack against Mark Twain's great classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 2011. They removed the words "nigger" and "injun." That's nothing new, people have been trying to censor Twain for decades. What's so absurd is that all the people who are complaining about the removal of the word "nigger" never actually say the word, instead relying on colourful euphemisms, completely undermining their whole argument. The word itself is just that, a word. It is not alive and has no power. The power rests in the person using the word and any offense lies in the intention of the person, not the word. Removing the word won't change history and won't help race relations.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1884 and was Mark Twain's great American novel attacking the rampant racism of the day. In the relentless drive of postmodernism we forget that his book was condemning racism and try to censor it, while allowing musicians and celebrities use the word "nigger" with impunity.

Toward the end of the video I mistakingly call Richard Pryor "George Pryor."

The word "nigger" appears 17 times in the video, and four times in this description.