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Ever since it was written Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn has been a novel that many people have found disturbing Although some argue that the novel is extremely racist careful reading will prove just the opposite In recent years especially there has been an increasing debate over what some will call the racist ideas in the novel In some cases the novel has even been banned by public school systems and censored by public libraries The basis for the debate is how Jim a black slave and one of the main characters is depicted However if one was to look at the underlying themes in the novel they would realize that it is not racist and could even be considered an anti slavery novel The most popular problem people have with this book is the use of the word nigger It must be remebered that during this time period it was not considered much of an insullt You can also notice in the book it was not meant offensively by Huck or taken offensively by Jim This is what Stephan Shepard had to say about the banning of the book and the use of the word niggerIn addition to removing Mark Twains novel from the required reading list the district decided to use a censored version of the novel on its optional list Admittedly the censorship is minor the infamous n-word is deleted throughout the novel however it is not only a dishonest alteration of Twains craft it is also an unfair attempt to enforce the tastes of a few upon all students in the district Shepard 1 Also a column in The New York Times
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