If you haven’t heard about Alan Gribben changing Mark Twain’s classic Huckleberry Finn then you must have been hiding under a rock. Gribben will change the “n” word to slave throughout the book, he is also changing out the word “Injun” to make the book more politically correct, and hoping that this version will not be banned by libraries. Some libraries have banned the book because of the negative light it sheds on people of color. This surprises me. Can we not talk in schools or even within our families honestly about the past? I think it is absurd to change to book because racism and slavery really is part of our history, however ugly it may be. I think that reading this book as it was written opens dialogue within our communities about where our country was, how far we have come, and also why people believed as they did in the past. I think by replacing those names with PC versions robs us of this important opportunity! I think that many Americans don’t want to talk about the past because slavery is sad, and it is wrong, however where would our country be without it? It is an intrinsic part of our history, we shouldn’t shun it or shield it from our children, we should embrace our past, and learn from it.
I think others agree that it is silly to change it, a few are much more humorous than I am, and a group of them have decided to change the “n” word to “robot”, yes, to robot, in a limited edition publishing (even you can get a copy). They are raising money for the publishing, so if you want you can donate and get your own copy. Here is a picture incentive of Huck with Robot Jim: