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Ishmael Reed on Mark Twain and The N-Word

This week, Publishers Weekly reported that a coming edition of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” will omit racially-sensitive language, like the n-word, which it will replace with the word slave. We asked award-winning novelist, poet and critic Ishmael Reed to offer his take on the story. Note: Some of the language in this essay is just the kind of thing that some folks are trying to edit out of Mark Twain’s books.

Ishmael Reed on PRECIOUS in the New York Times

Judging from the mail I’ve received, the conversations I’ve had and all that I’ve read, the responses to “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” fall largely along racial lines...

Full article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/opinion/05reed.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1...

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