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    Posted January 5, 2011 by
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    Rewriting Huckleberry Finn is ridiculous!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     omekongo of Washington, D.C. shares his thoughts on removing the 'n-word' from Huckleberry Finn. 'We have to be real about who be are; not be politically correct about our history,' he said.
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    It is simply ridiculous that people are looking at taking words like the n-word out of books like Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer. This is American history for goodness sakes. We have kids running around using that word like it's a term of affection because they don't know the history. Teachers are scared enough to challenge the youth on this word and now if we take it out of the books they won't have to. Furthermore, as a writer, I would never want anyone to change words of my texts whether I'm alive or gone. We as writers pour our hearts into our work. Editing these texts is essentially rewriting them. We should not be politically correct about our history. For all of American history's positivity and negativity, it's still our history. Let's not try to whitewash it.

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