Jon Stewart on the Mark Twain N-Word Controversy

Jan. 12, 2011
Rawiya was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and has lived in Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia and Canada. She now lives in ...

On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart and always-insightful Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore tackled the issue of the so-called “sanitization” of Huck Finn. This is old news in the blogosphere but, surprise, surprise, JStew and Wilmore have some important contributions to make to the conversation.

You shoulda put a toga on it

The word “nigger” makes us uncomfortable and, as Wilmore says, it should. After all, it is a clear reminder of America’s casual dehumanization of black people. But Twain’s inclusion of the word doesn’t make Huck Finn any less of a Great American Novel; if anything, it adds to the book’s greatness. Moreover, it’s scary to think of a future where art and literature, the only avenues through which we are free to openly examine society, are marred by political correctness. One minute we’re politically-correct-ifying Huck Finn, next we’re putting a toga on the Venus de Milo. TC mark

Rawiya Kameir

Rawiya Kameir

Rawiya was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and has lived in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia and Canada. She now lives in …

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