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Wes Britton <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Jan 2011 13:45:48 -0500
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Kent, that was classic--makes a most telling point. Now we can revise 
Catcher in the Rye, Howl, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing etc. to ensure 
little ears don't burn. Then we can get to James Baldwin etc. as well-- 

Dr. Wesley Britton

Co-host, Dave White Presents

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent_Rasmussen" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 1:33 PM
Subject: Re: a new Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

> Like that of many others posting on this subject, my first reaction to th=
> is
> news was one of astonishment. However, after giving the matter further
> thought, I wonder if it wouldn=92t be better to carry the revision of
> _Huckleberry Finn_ even further. And, I=92m happy to report, I=92m ready =
> to
> help. About sixteen years ago, just for fun, I started to rewrite the boo=
> k
> myself, with the idea of publishing it as _The Politically Correct (but
> Wrecked) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn_. To provide some of the flavor o=
> f
> my 100% non-offensive text, here=92s my version of Pap=92s drunken diatri=
> be.
> (Note, by the way, how neatly it handles the uncomfortable matter of
> substituting =93slave=94 for the uncomfortable word that begins with the =
> letter
> following M in the alphabet.)
> "Oh, yes, we have wonderful institutions! How's this for an example: I he=
> ard
> of a free African American from Ohio who dressed better than any European=
> American in town. He even had a gold watch and chain and silver-headed ca=
> ne.
> Oh yes, he was quite the dandy. What's more, they said he was a multiling=
> ual
> college professor with a vast repertoire of knowledge. That was bad enoug=
> h.
> When they said he could vote in his home state, that was too much. What, =
> I
> wondered, is our country coming to? Well, it happened to be election day =
> and
> I would have gone to vote myself, if I been in a condition to get there
> safely, but when I heard that there's a state which actually lets a perso=
> n
> of color vote, I stopped and said that I would never vote again. Those ar=
> e
> my exact words--everyone heard me. Why, the country can founder for all I=
> care. And to think of the presumption of that man--why, he wouldn't have
> conceded my right-of-way unless I pushed him aside! When I asked why he
> wasn't sold back into involuntary servitude, do you know what people said=
> ?
> That he couldn't be sold unless he spent six months in the state. How's t=
> hat
> for an example of our government institutions? Pretty sad, if you ask me.=
> "=20
> =09=09=09=09=09=09=09=09


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