At 04:00 PM 12/11/98 -0800, David S. Barber wrote:
>Back to Vern: it may be that Arac is one of those "modern day philistines
>of political correctness," a "dimwit" and a "bozo." This is a less polite
>way of reducing people to "opponents." It seems to me singularly
>Even John Wallace, that easiest of targets, began his campaign against
>Adventures of HF as "racist trash" (he's a true opponent) because of an
>emotional trauma suffered by his son when the book was taught in his class.
>Real people with real sensitivities care about this issue.
>There's political correctness, perhaps, on both sides of the fence.
Thanks for your interesting comments, David.
First, on the question of philistines, dimwits, and bozos, let me say right
off that I was not referring to *serious* literary criticism of Twain or of
Huck Finn. Rather, I was referring to those who would ban books.
Such as John Wallace.
Second, the quality of sensitivity is a fine quality to have: it is basic to
the golden rule. But this most basic of virtues cannot serve as the
foundation for the banning of books, or for the de-education of America. A
wise man counsels his son, educates him, uses inevitable schoolday trauma to
show him (or her) a better way. He does not campaign against literature.
Despite your comments about politeness, I don't see why civility should be
extended to book banners. They neither deserve our politeness, nor do they
deserve *Huck Finn* for that matter.
In any case, thanks for your comments on this subject.