Today's quote is from Mark Twain.
Make it a point to do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
Recently I read an article about a new edition of Huckleberry Finn in which Twain's "offensive" words have been changed.
A "Twain scholar" named Alan Gribbon (where you can read all sorts of articles about it) has changed the N-word to "slave." (Not the first time this has been done.) Injun Joe becomes "Indian Joe" and half-breed becomes "half-blood."
I don't understand what the problem is. (Maybe someone can help me out here?) Aren't people (parents, teachers, readers etc.) able to put this book into context? Don't they know it was published a mere 20 years after the end of the Civil War? Can't they read it is as an example of how people lived/spoke/behaved in that era and not take it personally, not be offended? How is it we can be offended by the N-word (we have become so sensitive we can't even spell it out) and yet we can read, write, hear the f-word without a seeming care in the world? We can read, write, hear the big G-D and not flinch. We're okay with murder, violence, rape, blood and guts, sex, but we are offend by a...word? We can use all sorts of colorful descriptive words that describe other peoples, hick, redneck, cedar hacker, trailer trash, spic, honky, wop...need I go on?...but we dare not use that word.
I just don't get it.
I have to admit I didn't hear the N-word growing up in the Virgin Islands nor do I remember there being an issue about Huck Finn when we read it in school, a school where the majority of kids and teachers were black. Does that mean we weren't "sensitive?" Does it mean we were ignorant? Or does it mean we understood Huck Finn for what it was/is...a glimpse into the past, a piece of American Literature that should be valued for what it is and preserved as it is.
(End of rant.)
So: What have you done today that you did not want to do?