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Old 01-06-2011, 11:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Twain didn't exactly buy into the stereotypes. I don't have so much of a problem with censoring the 3 stooges being viewed by kids, or some of the animated shorts of the time for the same reason. But Huck Finn portrays a human relationship that develops, and not just stock characters playing into stereotypes. The use of the n-word is part of an honest portrayal, not just a word that was ok for Twain use at the time. And it scares me to think that such a portrayal could be whitewashed as if such a deed was part of Tom Sawyer's chores.
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