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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
    Why do you feel these books should be mandatory to read?
    They depict history as it really was... Why do you feel they SHOULD NOT be Read at all.

    They REMOVED THEM so they cannot be read mandatory OR electively


    Left wing fascists are basically burning Books they find offensive.

    What happens when they decide to remove Obama's Book from the library because of his abuse of Cornella

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
    Why do you feel these books should be mandatory to read?



    Why do you feel they need to be reminded?
    It's covered in the thread by many members. It's not too long. There are some excellent posts on this question.

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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.
    Yes, many things were borderline before PC came into being but PC nowadays often bans such things.
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    I'm intrigued, so I'll buy these two books and read them.

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    Just an odd piece of trivia... Many decades ago, "Huckleberry Finn" was banned from several school districts NOT because of racial slurs, but because of the story's portrayal of friendship and camaraderie between a black man and a white boy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    I'm intrigued, so I'll buy these two books and read them.
    If you want to save yourself a few bucks, you can legally download the complete text of "Huckleberry Finn" from several websites, as the copyright has expired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    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.
    The movie does justice to the book (for once). I don't understand the debate with 'Mockingbird' for it is a classic that raised awareness of racist attitudes at the time. Like the Holocaust, if we forget these injustices, we may repeat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by res View Post
    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.
    It's kind of the entire point of Huck Finn. Every adult Huck meets is some kind of murderer, thief, conman, fraud, ne'er do well or charlatan. Except for Jim. Jim is the one honest decent adult in the whole book. But racism allows all those other people to think they can look down on him and give him the worst name possible as a nickname. At one point, Huck who has been raised to believe that slavery is God's will is willing to defy that and be sent to hell for helping Jim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    They depict history as it really was... Why do you feel they SHOULD NOT be Read at all.

    They REMOVED THEM so they cannot be read mandatory OR electively


    Left wing fascists are basically burning Books they find offensive.

    What happens when they decide to remove Obama's Book from the library because of his abuse of Cornella
    There are plenty of books depicting history that aren't demoralizing to blacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    It's kind of the entire point of Huck Finn. Every adult Huck meets is some kind of murderer, thief, conman, fraud, ne'er do well or charlatan. Except for Jim. Jim is the one honest decent adult in the whole book. But racism allows all those other people to think they can look down on him and give him the worst name possible as a nickname. At one point, Huck who has been raised to believe that slavery is God's will is willing to defy that and be sent to hell for helping Jim.
    Sounds like a book that no child should be forced to read! Could you imagine the character building moments they may actually receive from such a book!?

    /sarcasm

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