Well folks, I was surprised this had not yet landed in the forum. At first, I was concerned about how a thread like this would be treated, so I pm'd BMD to see what he thought. He gave his blessing.
So I understand the publisher is running copies of the book where the "N" word has been replaced by the word "slave".
Personally, I disagree with this becasue I feel like it masks over the racism that was, and is so much a part of our culture. If my kids were to read this, I would want them to read the original text, as Twain had intended so that they could understand it more fully, and so that we could talk about it. I think that racism needs to be discussed so my kids can appreciate the issue's significance, and people's emotions associated with it.
Here are two links. I didn;t see a good one for the case for the revisions, so if someone disagrees with me, and has a good source, I'd like to read it.
What do you guys think?
I also want to be clear that this thread is about the book only. I didn't intend for this to turn into a discussion about use of the N word outside this context if we can help it.
Thanks for your thoughts.