Welcome to Choose and Defend Wednesday. This week, I thought I'd present a topic of much discussion in the world of books. Recently, a particular publisher decided to publish a version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain with some racial terms that are considered very offensive today, changed to be what they consider more politically correct. I know that the n-word was replaced by the word "slave". I don't feel comfortable typing the actual "n" word, so I just won't. I heard they replaced "Injun" with some other term too...I think Injun Joe became Indian Joe or something. I'm okay with writing "Injun" since my kids are 1/4 Injun :-)
I am curious as to how people see this. Is it good to provide an alternative that schools won't ban? Or is it wrong to go back and clean up the past?
Change Is Good (in this case)
Change is Wrong (in this case)