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    It's unfortunate. PC has gone too far on the pendulum swing and it's about to get the old boomerang. Unfortunately, the back lash is often as bad or worse.
    I wouldn't blame this on "political correctness." Both of the books have made regular appearances on "most frequently challenged book lists" for decades, and "Huckleberry Finn" is frequently in the top-10. Note that the ALA doesn't have much in the way of records prior to 1990.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusher View Post
    It's unfortunate. PC has gone too far on the pendulum swing and it's about to get the old boomerang. Unfortunately, the back lash is often as bad or worse.
    doesn't this site banned the n-word?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusher View Post
    Out of 100 students given the "option" to read a classic, what amount do you think will actually read it? We just took away two classics from over 90% of the student body. That's a shame.
    I read both books, but neither were required reading when I attended public school, and that was long before the phrase "politically correct" even existed. As a matter of fact, my public schools were still racially segregated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    doesn't this site banned the n-word?
    Yes - but if we were a literary site, there would be no issue with using the word in the specific context of published literature. Have you read "To Kill a Mockingbird?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusher View Post
    Out of 100 students given the "option" to read a classic, what amount do you think will actually read it? We just took away two classics from over 90% of the student body. That's a shame.
    stop dancing around the issue. What you're promoting here is forced exposure to racial slurs by our high schools. They're giving kids the options now. They can read it if they so choose. What's wrong with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Yes - but if we were a literary site, there would be no issue with using the word in the specific context of published literature. Have you read "To Kill a Mockingbird?"
    it's none of your business what I've read. You're not black and you have no idea how it feels to be subjected to being called the n-word. Yet, you want to force students to be subjected to it against their will for the stake of literature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    stop dancing around the issue. What you're promoting here is forced exposure to racial slurs by our high school. They're giving kids the options now. They can read it if they so choose. What's wrong with that?
    Your "options" just buried two literary masterpieces. That is the issue.

    Kids being "offended" and unable to accept, understand, and learn from the faults of the past is also an issue. I want to raise thoughtful adults, not cringe behind mommy's skirt weaklings that can't handle being offended. I am offended all the time. You know what happens? NOTHING! I am offended and I move on and learn about those that did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    it's none of your business what I've read. You're not black and you have no idea how it feels to be subjected to being called the n-word. Yet, you want to force students to be subjected to it against their will for the stake of literature?
    It does matter. If you have not read them then you are ignorant on the topic and your context is non-existent.

    Being unable to get over the offensive material in such literary pieces is ridiculous. It's for weak minds. They are providing real cultural depictions that we can all learn from and improve by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusher View Post
    Your "options" just buried two literary masterpieces. That is the issue.

    Kids being "offended" and unable to accept, understand, and learn from the faults of the past is also an issue. I want to raise thoughtful adults, not cringe behind mommy's skirt weaklings that can't handle being offended. I am offended all the time. You know what happens? NOTHING! I am offended and I move on and learn about those that did it.
    No mandatory reading list for a public school is going to include every "masterpiece" ever written. Only a racist would be upset over these two particular books not being made mandatory reading material in a public school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    I read both books, but neither were required reading when I attended public school, and that was long before the phrase "politically correct" even existed. As a matter of fact, my public schools were still racially segregated.
    Same here...

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