Racism In Huckleberry Finn

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Since it was first published in 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been one of the most frequently challenged and banned books in America. It was #14 on the American Library Association's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books for the decade between 2000-2009. Its being banned due to huge disturbance of people the feel the book shouldn’t be taught in school cause they think it’s racist. In Huck Finn Mark Twain uses controversial theme of race and uses racial slurs.Those that think the book is racist usually only reads half or less of the novel and just assume that the book is just about a young white boy traveling with a slave named Jim who he just calls nigger whenever he want. When in reality it's about a boy that goes on an …show more content…
Professor Brantley says this novel talks about the dilemma of how the former slaves and the used to be slave owners would get along (Born to trouble) Because of how controversial this topic is school districts have bought books that take out the word nigger and replace it with slave because they don't want their students to be offended. There are teachers that teach their students about this novel are either brazen with the word or they skirt around it. A reporter did a report on parents in 11 East San Jose high schools they said “the book erodes their children's self-esteem and affects their performance in school because it uses the word "nigger" more than 200 times and contains stereotypes of blacks.”(Chronicle South Bay Bureau) They supported their statement by saying that because Twain was white he didn't understand the pain and hardships blacks went through with the …show more content…
Tom responds, "Well, if it ain't just like you, Huck Finn. You can get up the infant-schooliest ways of going at a thing. Why hain't you ever read any books at all? Whoever heard of getting a prisoner loose in such an old-maidy way as that?" The tom-foolery nearly gets the boys and Jim killed.”(Twain.chapter

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