Huckleberry Finn Racism

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All around the world there are segregated and racist countries in existence today who have not yet abolished these rules. Similar to the past, America was also a racist country with segregated areas and rude white people who thought of themselves higher than everyone else. In the south, racism was strongly expressed with black slaves and segregation. “Huckleberry Finn” was written and set into the time period of when there were a lot of controversial ways of life in terms of when the book was written. While some believe that the novel is not racist, Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin is racist because of the way Mark Twain uses racist terms and represents African Americans throughout the novel.
Julius Lester, a black professor
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This brings us to the point in the story of Huckleberry Finn were Finn is held captive by his father as well as Jim the slave. Lester compares this scene to be parallel to one another due to the fact that a father shouldn’t hold their own child captive alongside a slave that is lawfully held captive to the household by law. This scene of parallelism and horror written by Twain is not taken seriously for slavery or black people. Earlier in the novel, Jim disappears coincidently as the ‘murder’ of Huckleberry Finn takes place. Having taken further investigation into the crime, the townspeople had come to the conclusion that Jim had committed the crime of murder. With the framing of Jim and his title of being a “good n*****” it didn’t seem logical that Jim did the crime, but since Jim was a slave who dreamed of freedom and additionally he was black, they seemed it’s the only explanation for the crime. Consequently, The Council of Interracial Books for Children writes “that much can be learned from this book- not only about the craft …show more content…
While Smiley is praising the two books, Seymour Chwast explains the outside problems with Huckleberry Finn. Chwast states, “Huckleberry Finn is in constant trouble with teachers, librarians and parents because of its iterations of the ‘n’ word.”2 Yes, the ‘n’ word today is used as a derogatory word towards African American people, which in today’s society is frowned upon due to the meaning behind the word. In addition, the Concord Public Library expelled this book because they say, “it was trash and suitable only for slums,” which “deals with a series of adventure of very low grade of morality; it is couched in the language of a rough dialect, and all through its pages there is a systematic use of bad grammar and an employment of rough, coarse, inelegant, expressions.” Furthermore, in other states and cities such as Denver, Omaha, Brooklyn, as well as the New York State Reformatory claimed the book was, “immoral and sacrilegious,” and “put wrong ideas in youngsters’ heads and set a bad

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