The Racial Debate of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Racial Debate of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, throughout the years, has provoked many debates pertaining to racism. A variety of individuals believe that Mark Twain expressed apparently racist ideas. The reason being, this novel shows the relationships between blacks and whites in the nineteenth century and all the ugliness that accompanied these associations. However, this novel is not a racist novel; it shows these situations not to promote racism, but to bring a better understanding of the subject and how one can overcome individual prejudices and grow from these experiences. This novel shows Huck Finn, a product of this insufferable society, coming to the realization
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(Cox 82)

When Huck informs the reader that he, not Twain will be writing the book, Twain is explaining that the storyline is Huck's and not his own. By giving us this information, Twain is explaining that the opinions expressed in this book are not his, but Huck's. By giving the reader this information, we see the entire novel through Huckleberry Finn's eyes; the ideas, thoughts, and actions are his, and his alone.

There have been several articles and essays written proposing to ban the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from school reading lists, for the very reasons mentioned above. Below are two quotes written from various organizations. In the book, "Civil Rights or Book Banning? Three New Approaches to Huckleberry Finn". Essays on Civil Rights Mr. Zwick, quotes from the Pennsylvania NAACP:

The Pennsylvania NAACP's resolution for removal of the book from reading lists highlighted Twain's repeated use of the word 'nigger' in the novel and noted that 'the psychologically damaging effects of this term on African American children's self-esteem has been well documented.' It apparently views the 'derogatory act' of teaching Huckleberry Finn as a hate crime. (Zwick Paragraph 5)

In the newspaper, "Jewish World Review", Mr. Henoff, states:

an African American parent, who is also a teacher, asking that

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