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The over reaction of the NAACP in the Pennsylvania conference held in1999 led to important discoveries and insight into the writings of MarkTwainHentoff The NAACP petitioned to have the Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn removed from the school system Hentoff NAACP had amisconceived argument against the book stating that the book was harmfuland could lead African American children to have to poor self-esteemissues although this was not proven Hentoff Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn was deemed racist by the NAACP during the Pennsylvaniaconference although the word nigger is used frequently through the bookthe story is based during the days of slavery when that word wasacceptable by most white people HentoffThe word nigger would not beappropriate to use in this century and should not have been used thenyet it marks a era of how things were at that time when racism was soprevalent Mark Twain wrote the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn about ayoung boys youthful adventure yet the racism that was present duringthe 19th century is expressed very clearly in the story The setting ofthe story was based in the South when the whites were the dominatingrace and slavery was still present and cruelty towards the AfricanAmerican race was so prevalentAfrican American Children were interviewed by Nat Hentoff the author ofExpelling Huck Finn proving that NAACPs conception of HuckleberryFinn was their misconception HentoffThe children being interviewedwere eighth graders who had better insight than most adults statingthat the book was not racist and is an anti-slavery and anti-raciststory even with the racial slurs in the book HentoffThe Adventuresof Huckleberry Finn continues be a timeless story which continues tohold childrens interest today The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn isstill often studied in colleges as one of the modern fiction classicsHuckleberry Finn was faced with tough issues and that children are notfaced with in the world today yet children can still relate hisstruggles to their own making better choices doing right from wrongHentoffHuckleberry Finn chose to go with what he felt was
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