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  •  Where do you get this statement (0+ / 0-)

    nobody defeats racism by making it less ugly

    Well for the last 350 years we've tried it your way and it's still fucking ugly, so why don't we try it the other way and try to defeat racism by making it less ugly.

    "The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American." Ida B. Wells

    by Adept2u on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 08:09:21 AM PST

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    •  Huckleberry Finn (0+ / 0-)

      is actually a very anti-racist book, and Twain was quite progressive for his time (even a bit for our time).

      •  Holy moly (1+ / 0-)
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        I know what the book was about, and you are missing the point.  These books were being "sanitized" for consumption in the public schools.  Why in the year 2011 must our children be subjected to it.  When do we move forward.  How long do we need more lessons?

        "The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American." Ida B. Wells

        by Adept2u on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 08:21:59 AM PST

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        •  Books shouldn't be sanitized (0+ / 0-)

          but the way they are taught should change.

          I don't think Huckleberry Finn should be taught until high school, and I bet every HS student has heard the N word many times by then.  

          Does the book teach more if we use "slave Jim" instead?  

          If so, how?

          •  Yes use slave Jim (0+ / 0-)

            Because slave does not carry the emotional punch in the gut to Black people as nigger does.

            Things are sanitized all the time in America, because America was and is such an openly racist nation.  It's interesting why people fight against it.  Sounds to me like you're saying just shut up and take it, we think this is a classic so we're going to subject another generation of your children to the ideas.

            "The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American." Ida B. Wells

            by Adept2u on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 09:13:24 AM PST

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