American-American Jim

A publisher is removing the tawdry words from Huck Finn, which has the Internet up in arms. Here's Jamelle Bouie:

[E]rasing "nigger" from Huckleberry Finnor ignoring our failuresdoesn't change anything. It doesn't provide racial enlightenment, or justice, and it won't shield anyone from the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination. All it does is feed the American aversion to history and reflection. Which is a shame. If there's anything great about this country, it's in our ability to account for and overcome our mistakes. Peddling whitewashed ignorance diminishes America as much as it does our intellect.