That’s PC as in politically correct. A publisher takes it on themselves to rewrite Twain’s words.
OK, folks… this is just going a bit too far. What’ll it be next? Rewriting the Greek Classics? Maybe censoring out the violent parts of Beowulf? C’mon! These books and stories were written in their own times with accepted language from those times. Just because the world has moved on a bit since then doesn’t mean that we modern day folks should be modifying the original output of authors who came before us.
Look, I’m not in any way prejudiced with regards to race, creed, etc., and I understand the sensitivities that some folks might feel about certain words or references; but the facts are that history is history. What happened happened, folks. Changing a few words or hiding things won’t change our history. Replacing the “N-word” with a substitute is not a positive way to deal with the history of that word.
Wouldn’t it be better for all folks to have an understanding of what the times were like in the days that Twain was writing about Huck and his pals? Wouldn’t it be more educational and positive to understand that times were different back then and we, as a society, have worked very hard to amend our bad behaviors since that time?
Evidently, NewSouth Books, an Alabama publisher, doesn’t believe so. They feel that it would be better to use other, less offensive, words as replacements in Twain’s classic story. They must feel that this is a positive way to correct wrongs from a society 100+ years gone. I happen to disagree. I don’t think original works should ever be edited, amended, changed in any way by later generations. The author’s work is the author’s work. It should be read as it was meant to be at the time it was written.
Read more about NewSouth Book’s plans to rewrite Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in this LA Times blog article.