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    not on my reading list.
    Perhaps you should consider reading the books before commenting on their content. "Huckleberry Finn" was never one of my favorites, but it's a good read. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is excellent.

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    Consider the context of the racial slur. In "Mockingbird," the slur is used primarily by racists with deep-rooted prejudices against black people. The protagonists of the story do not use such language.

    In "Huckleberry," the titular character is uneducated, and uses the slur because it's the language he learned on the streets. However - he regards Jim as a close friend, and Huck has no reservations about helping him escape slavery. Meanwhile, Jim is portrayed as an intelligent, heroic figure.

    And yes - the slur is tossed around frequently. Because in that era, in the south, the slur WAS tossed around frequently. This is not something to be forgotten or brushed under a carpet.

    Seriously - have you read either of these books?
    why are you presuming to lecture me on things that are self-evident? I know full well what the context is. You don't have to have read these books to understand these things. The movie "To Kill A Mockingbird" hits on those same themes. So do references to the book . It's just me, personally, I think they're both overrated. Especially, Huckleberry Finn.
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    .... But, if high school students don't read them, it's not like they can't get the same cultural awareness someone else. Like, oh I don't know, real life.
    Per my earlier post, I do NOT get that cultural awareness in real life.

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    Neither of these two were required reading in my school curriculum. I've never read To Kill A Mockingbird while I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times, both as a kid and as an adult. We had to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which is also an excellent book. The fact that they contain racial slurs only makes those books better in my view, as Mark Twain intended to depict people as they were at the time. Removing them, because their content is offensive to some is, in some form, sterilization of American past. People should know how people behaved before them. It gives a sense of perspective on what has been achieved in the mean time. To think that just 160 years ago some people were slaves because of the colour of their skin, how they were treated, called and perceived and how well that's depicted in Huck Finn... it's a shame to kick it out of the curriculum. I'd dare say it's a mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    why are you presuming to lecture me on things that are self-evident? I know full well what the context is. You don't have to have read these books to understand these things. The movie "To Kill A Mockingbird" hits on those same themes. So do references to the book . It's just me, personally, I think they're both overrated. Especially, Huckleberry Finn.
    I've never watched the movie. I've heard it's excellent - but I'm just worried it won't live up to my expectations from the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Perhaps you should consider reading the books before commenting on their content. "Huckleberry Finn" was never one of my favorites, but it's a good read. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is excellent.
    Huck Finn was too slow... maybe it's just my attention span. But, reading it, you realized the craft behind it and became more conscious of how the world worked during slavery, which was a secondary element to the journey (internal and external).
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    Why are liberals removing books that were in Opposition to Slavery Racism and Jim Crowe?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Perhaps you should consider reading the books before commenting on their content. "Huckleberry Finn" was never one of my favorites, but it's a good read. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is excellent.
    perhaps you should stop lecturing people of color , or anyone else, about when they ought to be exposed to the n-word. Some people don't have to read books to understand the "content". They live that content everyday of their fking lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    perhaps you should stop lecturing people of color when they ought to be exposed to the n-word.

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