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Mark Twain knew that the word” nigger” is a controversial and offensive word for many people, especially, African American. The word is still being used, is still used offensively, and why the word has to be talked about early enough so that people know the sheer amount of weight behind this word. But, the problem is that the n-word is not been substituted with an inoffensive word, instead the substitution is the word “slave” which is another offensive word. The word is obviously part of our history and that history shouldn’t be forgotten. It shouldn’t be used pejoratively, but some do and people always will. Now a publisher has attempted to whitewash Huck Finn by replacing the word “nigger” with “slave.” Why? "The n-word speaks to a society that casually dehumanized the black community. Slave was just a job description. In the debate of whether to replace the “N” word with slave, we must ask ourselves, “is that word any better?” Would we want to be called either word? It is a word created by man, and really was not originally created for its current use. But of course, now that it has been labeled a “bad word”, and has a condescending affect, its meaning is offensive. To edit the original version that changes the entire nature of the book is just wrong
This may be risky because the new version of the text might replace all previous ones. In attempting to win new readers with a school friendly version all past and potential readers could be deprived of a piece of American literary history when the publishing company decides to only print the new one from now on and the older copies become contraband because of censorship. The publishing company or perhaps Twain's descendants, whoever holds the copyrights in this case might have sold out a priceless trove of knowledge with this genuine era masterpiece. Its frequent use of the N-word has been viewed by many as…...

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