Originally Posted by Claudius
I remember when I was studying US literature the prof actually asked us if we wanted to read this book because of material she thought the class would deem offensive.
None of us cared as we understood both the context it was written in and the importance of language.
In fact, we found it really important to understand and know why the language was chosen and how it can impact our reading of it.
Unless there's some sort of historical contextualization, given that the connotations of the word 'nigger' have shifted since the time of Twain's writing, and the ways in which it's used, then teaching this book needs to be adequately contextualized.
That said, you still don't edit it out. It's PC bullshit. Its an attempt to anaesthetize racist structures and utterances, both past and present.