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The utter stupidity of political correctness…

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Read a BBC article on how Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is being cleaned up by substituting the words “nigger” with “slave” and “injun” with “Indian”. Utter political correctness stupidity.

I really enjoy reading the classics, sometimes more than contemporary fiction. I enjoy them because in addition to good plots and fantastic characters, they offer a snapshot of life in the bygone eras. Dicken’s description of crushing poverty in Victorian Britain and Twain’s accounts of deep rooted and casual racism may be shocking, but are also very educational. They serve as reminders of how we have improved and what we should avoid falling back to. If I were in charge of a child’s education, I would like them to read these works as they were written, so that all future generations have at least an inkling of humankind’s past mistakes.

Sanitising the classics because some of their contents are today considered offensive reeks of the Orwell’s 1984, where all literature is continually rewritten to mirror government opinions and policies. The aim in 1984 was to create the impression that the current policy is right, has always been in practice and no mistakes were ever made. The disturbing fact is that 1984 is meant to be a dystopia and adoption of literature sanitisation like this suggests that we endorse its practices.

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Written by clueso

January 7, 2011 at 12:23 am

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