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“No parent who is raising a black teenager and trying to get him to read serious fiction for his high school English class would ever argue that Huckleberry Finn is not a greatly problematic work. But the remedy is not to replace ‘nigger’ with alternative terms like ‘slave’ (the latter word is already in the novel and has a different meaning from ‘nigger,’ so that substitution just mucks up the prose—its meaning, its voice, its verisimilitude). The remedy is to refuse to teach this novel in high school and to wait until college—or even graduate school—where it can be put in proper context.”

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source: “Send Huck Finn to College,” The New York Times, January 15, 2011.

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