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April 5, 2005

Do you think “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” should be banned from schools?

by Tiffany Yee, Page Editor
"Over the summer I read this novel and I must say, it is one of the few books with lots of writing that I actually wanted to finish. Lots of controversy surrounds this novel due to the excessive use of the N-word. If a single book is going to be condemned because of a bad word, they may as well remove all books from the curriculum. The truth is, these books are historically accurate in the environment setup, and in order to show our history we must show the truth, and the truth is ugly."
-freshman Daniel Quang

"'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' should not be banned from schools. Efforts to ban then books are an insult to the intellect of students, who are expected to maintain their studies and function in a high-school environment, yet are not trusted to draw their own conclusions about a novel. While the school system may wish to 'protect' students from the ideas expressed in this book, this 'holier than thou' crusade will succeed only in accelerating the decay of what little free thought students have left. Why else are we here but to learn? How long is it until even the voice of Bradbury and his great work 'Fahrenheit 451' are silenced?"
-sophomore Christopher Ward

"Huck Finn should not be banned from public schools. Although there are a lot of offensive racial remarks in it, it's important to remember that Mark Twain was not racist and wrote the book as a satirical criticism of the racist mindset many 19th century Americans had. It is crucial that students have access to it as a historical document simply to prove how far we've come since then."
-sophomore Alexandra O'Hora

"I think that 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' should not be banned from public schools. There is no good reason. If the reason is bad language, our school would be void of virtually all books worth reading. If the reason is the reason that it was banned when first written, because of the freeing of slaves, that reason has been desolved for over a century. So, it should be perfectly fine to have this book in public schools."
-freshman David Jia

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  • Posh on April 5, 2005 at 1:41 PM
    hmm... sounds like ap lang to me...
    • Damien (View Email) on September 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM
      IT IS! im doing a research paper off this for AP english
      • Viscorper (View Email) on March 28, 2013 at 6:27 AM
        have to make a speech about this in 7th grade.
    • ryan (View Email) on November 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM
      ap english project as well
    • ryan (View Email) on November 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM
      damien is an idiot. this is a high school newspaper. not reliable at all
      • College ^_^ on May 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM
        anything can be used as a topic for a research paper. Even if it isn't "reliable," if it is written it is useable. I'm using this for college as a resource to back up why Huckleberry Finn shouldn't be banned.
        • lydia (View Email) on January 1, 2018 at 4:38 PM
          wth this is not usable for a college essay just because it is written this is completely unreliable and the point of a source it for it to be a reliable piece of information.
    • Kate (View Email) on January 13, 2010 at 7:59 PM
      Hah! I'm writing my essay on if the novel should be taught or not right now!
    • chelseaw on April 12, 2010 at 8:47 PM
      im doing an englsh 2 cp project :] same topic
      • Not you (View Email) on March 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM
        im doing my math homework OMG
  • Anonymously Liberal on April 5, 2005 at 3:44 PM
    Is everybody in agreement on this round of soapboxes, or is SCO cutting out stuff? Just wondering, not accusing.
  • louise on April 5, 2005 at 4:23 PM
    yeah i didn't know soapbox could be this deep. i didn't know allie knew those words either.
  • Random Asian Guy (senior '05) on April 5, 2005 at 4:39 PM
    Absolutely not.

    ...I think I wrote a paper on this last year...
  • just started Huck in class on April 5, 2005 at 5:01 PM
    Tiffany, could you find anyone who thought it should be banned? It would be interesting to hear the other side. Or the reasons MCPS or another school system would want to ban it, precisely? But I have to say, if there is no problem with teaching Native Son by Richard Wright, which is horrifyingly graphic in its description of (multiple) murders and rape, or with Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, with its multitude of cuss words, students should be able to handle Huckleberry Finn. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (by Ken Kesey) was both racist and sexist, but is not banned. I only just started Huck Finn, so I may change my opinion after reading it, but it seems like offensive content or cuss words don't hinder the popularity of other books with MCPS, so why this one?
  • shish kabob on April 5, 2005 at 7:00 PM
    y dont yall jus leave the matter alone. If its banned, ITS BANNED!! it's one HW less of a HW assignment to write!
    • Jesse (View Email) on December 13, 2010 at 1:32 AM
      That's a joke right? they'd just replace it with other work. think before u write or you'll just make yourself look stupid.
    • You must be a student... (View Email) on December 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM
      As another student, I take up every possible opportunity to learn something new. That means I accept, challenge, and complete every given homework assignment. This does not make me a nerd or a geek, or anything else you can come up with. It makes me an intellectual, and a well-learned individual.
      Based on your spelling, grammar, and obvious care for humanities, you seem like a well educated student yourself. Perhaps your school has banned this wonderful, great American novel?
      It's the students like you that cause the fear of our generation to arise from the adults around us. Unfortunately for you, and fortunately for me, you- again, based on your words, the world will not be in your hands. Neither will anything else, with the exception of overdue bills, a seasonal job between McDonald's and Wendy's, and a few children who's future's I fear for.
      Our generation, more than any other, is in deep need to be educated, and hiding us from all the racism, cussing, and sex is going to do everything other than educate us. We must be taught everything the world has to offer us, good and bad, and it doesn't matter if that means the lesson comes in the form of a book, and a few assignments.
  • Strongly Opposed on April 6, 2005 at 12:10 AM
    I'm strongly opposed to students having to read Huck Finn. I was forced to read the book in English class and I was shocked at the racist language throughout the work. I dunno it might be a good story and all but I think there are a lot better ways to combat racism and all than to use every racially offensive word 6 thousand times in a novel. I certainly think that we should not select this book as one that our English classes should be reading, since that forces kids to read this stuff, though I guess it would be ok if we put it in the library and all so that kids can pick it out and read it if they want to.
    • Jacob (View Email) on March 4, 2009 at 4:30 PM
      but by doing that you are giving power to the people who would use that word. We must not forget the past or we are doomed to repeat it.
    • Locke on March 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM
      ignorance is not bliss.
      we need to know about are past to prevent it from happening again. Knowledge of what happened and why its wrong is much better than just forgetting about it. Its people like you that let mistakes in history repeat themselves.
    • ignorance on May 18, 2009 at 9:37 AM
      this book is not a bad book, it is a piece of classic literature. it may make racist comments, but it is not racist. if you actually pay attention, you will see that mark twain was showing his use of satire on the racism topic. he was very anit-racist and may have use the word "nigger" a bit too much, but was trying to show that most people who use the word in that context are ignorant. if anything, it's more offensive to the people of the south than the black populous.
      • student on February 23, 2010 at 11:11 PM
        If you think Huck Finn is a racist and horrid book you are not worthy to read such a classic remarkable piece of literature .For one it is called satire ,which Twain was renowned for.I could not agree more with the statement above me it is an excellent book that mocks racism if you choose to ban one book you open the door for the riding of great ,even though considered controversial,books.Maybe Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 will become true if banning were to happen.Knowledge is power
    • Shocked Expression (View Email) on February 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM
      you should read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and maybe you would have a different opinion on anything being banned or censored. trying to protect people from seeing our mistakes of the past no matter how explict or racial is not the answer. in order to fix our mistakes we must learn from them, and the only way to do that is to teach each generation of what is right and what is wrong.
  • Anonymous on April 6, 2005 at 10:19 AM
    We have to read Grapes of Wrath, Song of Solomon, and House of the Spirits for school and they want to ban Huck Finn?

    Come on, House of the Spirits spends more time describing women getting raped, dogs in heat, and incest then it does describing the actual story.

    How can they make us read stuff like that and ban Huck Finn?
  • g on April 6, 2005 at 1:18 PM
    this is an important issue, Shish Kabob. the right to read a book in school is much more important than having less homework (and we wouldn't have less homework; they'd replace it with another book).

    if they take away Huck Finn, what will be next? Of Mice and Men? Catcher in the Rye? Harry Potter?
    • Lucy on March 15, 2010 at 10:17 PM
      Harry Potter is on some banned lists...
      • nahnah on April 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM
        They are also starting to ban the twilight books too..
  • to strongly opposed on April 7, 2005 at 10:10 PM
    Well, one of the points is to emphasize the overt racism of the helps people appreciate how far we've come/just how racist it was then.

    If you're so averse to the N-word, why not ban the rap music that they play at lunch? That would be far more appropriate because that has no educational value; Huck Finn, if nothing else, gives students an insight into the racist society of 19th century america.
    • M on May 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM
      rap uses "nigga" rather than "nigger". Nigga is a term of endearment it is a completely different word than nigger which is found to be offensive
      • scrumdidallyumptious (View Email) on August 3, 2009 at 1:41 PM
        wow. that is the biggest load of shiz i've ever heard.
        • to M on September 15, 2009 at 6:56 PM
          are you joking? that's not even an acceptable argument.
          • j on December 11, 2009 at 1:34 AM
            "nigga" is a slang way of saying "nigger" there's no way you can make an acceptable arguement from saying its a different meaning. ITS THE SAME WORD! called slang, get out a little bit, you might actually learn something.
      • jdog (View Email) on March 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM
        this book is not racist. all rap songs say nigger in it so why cant they say it in a book??
        dumb ahh!
    • the messenger (View Email) on December 14, 2009 at 9:12 PM
      (To "to strongly opposed")I agree with your first statement. I had the exact same thought about this myself; it's a good point to make because it helps explain why that word may no longer be as prevalent in that type of context nowadays.

      And for the comment on songs, I do agree somewhat, but not entirely. I think it's interpreted differently -as you said it is used in songs (that are petty to Huck Finn)- because it probably is just slang (as "j" said).
  • Tiffany Clemens on April 15, 2005 at 11:51 AM
    Huck Finn is a novel that despite the N word portrays great values that should not be overlooked. If we bann Huck Finn, then we ignore history. Racism was a part of our history, whether we like it or not, and reading the book helps us remember the mistakes of our American past. Besides, I am Mark Twain's great great granddaughter.
  • dude on April 17, 2005 at 5:21 PM
    No you aren't...........
  • froggy on April 17, 2005 at 10:01 PM
    it was pretty boring to me, but it shouldn't be banned.
  • blazerette on April 20, 2005 at 9:12 PM
    gruesome descriptions of murders are not what is meant by offensive content. some black students reading Huck Finn (and its drilling use of the word n-----) feel offended, and as though other perceive them as inferior -- an attitude which is unacceptable in a classroom. such cases have been documented -- research it.
  • AManda (View Email) on April 25, 2005 at 3:28 AM
    it sux... it just sux... i mean students should try reading something for a change
  • asdf on April 27, 2005 at 10:16 AM
    I say that anyone who supports banning Huck Finn should be forced to read Fahrenheit 451 instead.
  • Anonymous on May 2, 2005 at 9:10 PM
    REAL original story idea there. sike.
  • Eric (View Email) on May 4, 2005 at 12:07 PM
    "I think "The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" should not be banned from our schools. People want to bann that book for the bad lenguage. People say that in that book,are some words innapropiate , But that is not a good reason to bann the book from our schools. I think that is the best book to read.
    -Sophomore Eric
  • didy (View Email) on May 7, 2005 at 12:20 PM
    Tha Adventures of Huckleberry Finn stinks. That book should be banned.
  • argh on May 8, 2005 at 10:02 AM
    just because a book is bad does not mean it should be banned.

    food for thought: Where's Waldo is on the ALA's list of top 100 most challenged books 1990-2000. so is shel siverstein's work, judy blume, a wrinkle in time, and harry potter.
  • Beka (View Email) on May 15, 2005 at 7:46 PM
    There is absolutely no good reason for this book to be banned. I have a list of things that the book is Criticized for: Christianity disregard, questionable and influential acts, the racial slurs, poor grammer. All of these things are just ridiculous. This book helps to create the scene of how life was in the pre-Civil War south. The way that people talked and how they viewed different things. Just because the people who critisize this book can't see the book for it's deeper meaning doesn't mean that it shouldn't be read. It helps to open our minds and understand our past.
  • Alice M (View Email) on May 17, 2005 at 2:07 PM
    "I believe that Mark Twain had a gift in writting. He used his personal life in his writtings. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an amazing historical book, it should not be bound because of one word that people get so offended of. Yes, I know it's wrong, but it really portrays the true way people lived during this era and how slaves were treated."
  • Lauren on May 24, 2005 at 11:06 AM
    I think it's important for the students learning about the book in school to understand the satire and sarcasm that comes with the book.
    After reading some of the comments, it seems to me that some of you may not understand the novel fully.
    What matters is the fact that the students are getting the right information about the time period and the way society was at that time and the fact that in many ways, SOCIETY WAS WRONG. The book doesn't necessarily teach that the behavior of the characters in the book is wrong.
  • hey hey hey (View Email) on May 27, 2005 at 12:08 AM
    ok well....i havent read the book yet but from what i know abut censorship i dont think that its right to ban any book. whatever happened to freedom of speech? i think that the author should express his/her opinions freely and we the readers should be supporters and read the books not ban it. we see much worse things on tv which is surprised they havent banned that yet...
  • Bai, Xiaoming (View Email) on June 7, 2005 at 10:52 AM
    Racial promblem have been a part of the US. History, and it is still a current topic today. But we, as students or teachers, namely, the educated people should be able to distingusih literature from politics. Twain's Huck Finn is a very useful stuff aimed at studying Regionalism and Realism of the American literature. It illustrated the part of the suthern culture of America during the period of Civil War.
    If we bann Huck Finn out of the school because of the N-words Twain wrote at that
    particular time being, why don't we bann all the Dictionaries, which have even more N-words and even with definition!
    Besides, I am also a colored student myself (Chinese) who is studying German and English in Germany, and I don't think that we should focus on banning such kinds of classical literary works in order to fight against racialism!
  • Anonymous on June 24, 2005 at 4:57 PM
    A cuss word has never hurt anybody. You live in the real world, where you will hear stuff like that. I still think that profanity should be allowed anywhere, but especially with such a great book, we shouldn't be banning it because of the language. Every word has a meaning, and people use them. If you can't handle reading a word in a book, you will have a very hard time hearing the word in real life from someone else. School is supposed to help you to live in the real world, and if you're in high school, you should be able to handle reading certain words.
    • Sorry to piss some of you off on March 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM
      HELLO!!!!!!! People are hurt by cuss words all the time! If someone was called a whoe or a whore they most likely laugh it off, but it still hurts. I'm doing a project on this, pardon my opinion, stupid book and have to make a convincing argument for either why it should be banned or why it shouldn't be. I thought that the word nigger showing up over 200 times was much, I personally was a bit offended AND I'M WHITE!!! Sad, right? I thought this book was a bit repetitive and stupid, also a tad bit racist. I get where you all are coming from, but really?
      • BLeh. (View Email) on March 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM
        From a 7th grader who attends public school :p,

        The point is, Huck Finn is a classic piece of literature. People get offended by books all over. But you can't go and ban an educational and historical piece of literature and shield your eyes from the past world just because you don't like what it is they're saying. It's not even PROMOTING racism. If they get rid of H Finn because people are offended by racist language, they should also ban the other books that offend OTHER people. We have history. We need to teach history. Yes, there are some horrible sections of our history, and our worlds history, but we can't skip over them because YOU get offended by what the world was like way back when. Why? Because that will leave our generation even more uneducated than we've already become.

        If you want to get rid of matters like these, just do away with Social Studies in general.

        Btw, I'm sorry that kids now days are disrespectful enough to call their peers w***** and other sorts of things (been there) But don't let it get ya down. Prolly half the jerks that use it don't even know what the word means. :]

        ALSO btw, to ms and hs students:

        pay attention to your words eh? too much crap going around about people these days. prolly wont do anything, me saying this, but I thought I'd at least try.

        Have a good day
        • Justin Bieber (View Email) on February 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM
          now ur in 8th grade :p
  • noah simon on July 26, 2005 at 9:18 AM
    It's called satire... I mean c'mon people. Does nobody realize that this book was written as a social commentary showing how ridiculous racism was/is? Honestly this strikes me as about as stupid as a homosexual person being offended at being labeled gay.
  • sandi (View Email) on July 26, 2005 at 10:07 AM
    Huckleberry finn, should not be banned, even though he did use the n-word, he had his readers see how slaves were really treated, by being taken away from their families and being treated like they were nothing. If this book was to be taken off the shelves it would be stupid, whatever happned to freedom of speech, i mean mark twain doesn't call jim the n-word.
    Yes, they do reference him as it.But ust think how Huck doesn't see Jim as a color but more as a person and as they had this adventure together it brought them closer, and they both learned something about a different color then they ever expected. And Mark Twain isn't bashing really anybody in the book, he doesn't specficlly point at black people or ignorant people, he says what he saw.I could go on all day about this book, but if you read it, you won't get offended, i will admit at first i was shocked he used the n-word, but the society we are in now, there are worse words that are being said. Unless you're easily offended by little things, then don't waste your time reading this book.
  • Alex on August 10, 2005 at 10:09 AM
  • ? on August 30, 2005 at 8:33 PM
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was banned in many places for the same reason. They're both anti-racism books designed to make racist people look stupid, why ban 'em?
  • Mr. X on September 9, 2005 at 12:33 PM
    everyone who says this is a racist book needs to get a life
  • Mr. Snickers on September 9, 2005 at 12:35 PM
    I think that Mr. X is the one that needs to get a life.
  • liborator on September 15, 2005 at 11:00 AM
    Ok people lets think shalll we. This book was meant to show all the racist problems that this country used to face and still is today. Mark Twain wasnt trying to offend anyone he was trying to prove a point about how messed up people used to act.And anyone who cant see that is ignorant or just plain stupid. Twain was clearly ahead of his time and people back then just didn't want to face the reality that he was right because people are so proud and think that if someone tries to prove a point about a major issue, like oh I dont know mabey racism, that if it dosen't go along with what society says it has to be wrong. And back the society said that it was an offensive thing to call the south racist and say that they were flaud in any way. Well I got news for you he was right they were wrong just deal with it.
  • wouldn't you like to know on September 15, 2005 at 11:11 AM
    Well I think anyone whos name is Mr. Snikers needs to get a life as well as Mr. X
  • michael (View Email) on September 15, 2005 at 4:26 PM
    i don't think it should be banned because it is a wonderful book, just cuz it has comments in it about blacks doesn't mean it should be banned because it was written in the times where slavery was alowed.
  • Kermit the Frog (View Email) on September 19, 2005 at 7:51 PM
    No. It is a wonderful book.
  • monkey droppings on September 27, 2005 at 4:43 PM
    it should not be banned. just because you can't take it, it should not be banned....aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!
    • that one guy (View Email) on November 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM
      i like the aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! lol
  • Ashley on October 7, 2005 at 11:55 AM
    No, I don't think we should ban the book. Even back then they used the "N" word like all the time. Some people in this country love that book, it's like taking a piece of history. Just no.
  • rashad (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 7:22 PM
    so if an african american wrote a book back when twain did and was disrespecting the white community you wouldn't be upset
  • kris on October 24, 2005 at 11:28 PM
    I personally hate the book because all I got out of it was "me and me [censored] friend went down the river on a raft." I have no personal prefrance to ban it or not but I personally thought it was a poop stain upon american literature and do whatever you wish with it. If book burnings still existed I would have this one burned!
    • Sage on February 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM
      There is nothing more unforgivable then burning a book. Any book no matter whether you enjoyed it or not. You know who burned books?, Nazis. I HATE Ellen Foster, and don't think it's worth reading, but I wouldn't call it a 'poop-stain' or burn it. I'm sure Mark Twain isn't as WONDERFUL a writer as Stephanie Myer or something, but it isn't worth BURNING.
  • to: Rashad on October 26, 2005 at 7:53 AM
    No, id find that very interesting, actually.

    Try reading The Biography of Malcom X. While it probably wasnt as controversial as Huck Finn, the first half of the book is certainly full of anger and resentment towards the white man.
  • Charayne Packard (View Email) on October 26, 2005 at 8:29 AM
    I think this book is offensive to me, ture it is a good book but the context is a bit rude
  • Rory (View Email) on October 27, 2005 at 10:21 PM
    Mark Twain composed this novel to argue against the immorality and stupidity of the American Civilization. The book should not be banned because it stands as a reminder of a tragic time period--a time when human values were so heavly degraded. Yes, the book uses a tremendous amount of racial slurs, but Twain's purporse is to capture the language, mood, and experience of that time and transcend that attitude onto a reader-- it allows us not only to better connect with the book, but also to understand his anti-slavery arguements. Although it did make me uncomfortable to read it at certain times, that's what true literature is about-- it's about broaches uncomfortable topics and making people not only think...but talk. Like we're all doing right here.
  • cappie on October 27, 2005 at 11:02 PM
    The book shouldn't be banned. Just take away the actual content of the book for a second. What are you teaching students if you ban a book from schools? That you can simply banish all offensive material? That isn't right, and it isn't the right message to send. Besides, banned books are more likely to be read outside of school, where they wont be able to discuss it, and furthermore, they will never understand that the comment itself isn't really meant to be offensive. And, just to make a point, I dont agree with the way that the n-word is used among the african american population, but you have to admit that if we use it, we can't be too angry when some dead white guy says it in a similar context in his classic american novel.
  • Rachel tew (View Email) on November 2, 2005 at 12:30 PM
    I find this book very complex. There are many things that should be considered ( thanks to my lit. teacher). When reading this book people should consider that Twain put a lot of effort into changing dialect.If Twain had written the novel so that everyone had the same speech pattern it would lose historic value. If it was edited so that the word nigger was removed from the text the story would have been altered greatly by changing the way that Twain meant for the speaker to realay an emotion. In this time period you need to be able to see differences in the way that people veiwed other people and there lack of respect towards them.
  • Cam (View Email) on November 7, 2005 at 8:00 AM
    I believe that none of you care what I have to say
  • suzie Q (View Email) on November 7, 2005 at 7:25 PM
    I read Uncle Tom's Cabin, and it was banned for the very thing it was fighting against: racism! I think that is kind of silly
  • Rai (View Email) on November 8, 2005 at 1:02 AM
    I think the book should be banned, it's terible and just the fact of how many times it says the 'N' word is enough to ban it
    • nlk on August 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM
      well according to your logic, to kill a mockingbird should be banned too. and huck finn uses the n-word that often because it was a common part of the dialect of that region and time. mark twain was making fun of racism and calling it ignorance and without the n-word, the effect would be somewhat lost. yes its very offensive now, but it was a commonly used word back then. and huck finn doesn't promote using the n-word or racism at all. its the opposite. so no. it shouldn't be banned.
  • Corey Stejback on November 8, 2005 at 8:53 PM
    I believe that the book should not be banned or changed in any way. If you do this you will take out the lesson that is trying to be taught to the reader.
  • Laura Davis (View Email) on November 9, 2005 at 5:42 PM
    I believe that this book is okay for the kids in school to read. So they use inapporiate language, but it isn't like we don't use or hear it in everydat life. It teaches the struggles that our now great nation went through to get to this point. It should not be banned... in my opinion it will be around long enough that my kid's kids will read it!!!
  • anon amos on November 18, 2005 at 12:16 PM
    Censorship, what is it? Is it preventing you from having information to protect you? Is it enough to stop violence fueled by racial tensions? The dictionary definition is the act, process, or practice of preventing disturbing or painful thoughts or feelings from reaching consciousness except in a disguised form. I believe that this definition shows the exact guidelines upon which we should censor Huckleberry Finn. The painful thoughts of slavery, murder, or sexism cannot be allowed in the learning environment of a school.
  • Emily Justice (View Email) on November 22, 2005 at 1:52 PM
    i think... i know this book should not be banned. I read a book in my school last year. Go Ask Alice, if any book should be banned if any it was way worst then Huck Finn and Huck Finn is banned. I find both to be good books and as if we never heard the "n" word before is the lamest reason ever. It would be fine if it said that word once but as if it damages are minds more to see it again? Well thats my opinion it is a great book and shouldnt be banned for any reason compared to half of the books around it.
  • Davy Chops (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 9:31 AM
    I think the book should be banned because it is offensive towards the african minority. The excessive use of the n word is unexceptible. Should the n word be removed from the book then we could talk about removing the ban.
  • Aurielle (View Email) on December 1, 2005 at 5:47 PM
    I disagree with the opinions of hucleberry Finn being banned. I feel this book is very speacial for the fact it teaches the real truth about our history. If we consider to bannbooks because of cuss words that is very redicoulous. In this socity that is all i hear. You can not censor everything its impossible and if those feel they can then i feel that's cray. This book let's the reader feel everything almost feel and believe what the author says than other boks simply because those author fear there's are going to be banned. If we ban this book we are bascially banning the freedom of expression. There are many books out there about sex etc why not bann those. I feel like if we bann books there is other ways we can say those words. We feel books are suppose to ake us happy but that isn't true. Books are a world we feel and live in. THe author makes the world or explain thaat world. Student need to learn everything they need to know about history and if it's the age that concern people then teach them what books to look for and not. Let the author print an age limit. Like i said there are many ways kids can hear those words by voice, music etc. WE CAN NOT CENSOR EVERYTHING S FORGET IT. STOP HIDING OUR HISTORY.
  • ---- (View Email) on December 2, 2005 at 2:21 PM
    Alot of books are offensive to someone, so no one is ever going to get exactly what they want. The n-word was used back when the book was made and no one can change that. Just because the book has an offensive term, doesn't mean anyone will use it because of the book. I've known of that word long before reading Huck Finn, and by reading it people should understand that it is a word, a word that is not acceptable now, but was used back then. The n-word is also used alot everyday by African-American students at our school, and in fact I heard for the first time by an African-American girl using it to speak to her friend. The book is not racist and was actually written to make fun of the way white people treated black people back right before the book was written, and not to enforce the use of the word.
  • whatever (View Email) on December 6, 2005 at 2:30 PM
    I personally don't think Huck Finn should be banned. It teaches a lot about the way life was back when Mark Twain was alive. If people think Huck Finn should be banned because it uses the n word they should ban the use of everyday language. I hear tons of words around school that should be banned if you're going to ban Huck Finn.
  • Brandy Sixberry (View Email) on December 12, 2005 at 10:15 AM
    I think that Huck Finn Should be banned from schools due to the old fashioned language used it is hard to read and it is very racist. I also think that it should be banned due to the fact that the people reading it are in high school and are supposed to be mature and it is teaching us about what has happened in the past
    • AM on August 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM
      Wow. Old fashioned laguage? They don't ban Shakespeare for that, do they? Or Dumas, or Poe. For the time period that it was writen in, that was the vernacular. And the statement that the book is racist is absolutely idiotic. There was no such thing as racism back then, and you can't blame Twain for not predicting that over a century later that some of the content might prove to be offensive!! The fact that you are mature is the reason that they are making you read this. Your teacher figure that since you are in high school, you should be able to look past the language and get the message that the book is putting out there! We need to know what happened in the past, it helps us to make a better future for ourselves. To say that what was written was irrelevant only because it was written in the past is ridiculous. Thats like saying our whole histroy is not worth learning, just because you can't see how if affects you. It's stupid.
  • bb (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 12:20 PM
    I am doing an essay on the Banning of Huck Finn from our School Curriculum. If you have any facts on NOT banning the book post them.
  • jen (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 1:36 PM
    I Think they should banned the book because i don't like the n word
    • e on December 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM
      that is not a very logical reason why.
  • keshia on December 15, 2005 at 10:03 AM
  • rachael on December 15, 2005 at 8:08 PM
    i am reading this book for my english class at the moment, and i must say banning this book would be wrong because a very historical writer wrote this, and it took him seven whole years to write it. If we banned it then it would be like throwing his work away that he spent so much time on doing for us to enjoy reading. i saw that some one said something about how it uses the N-word a lot, and yes they used that word a lot in the old days, and this book takes place way back when they did say it and it wasn't a discrase to native americans.
  • Kaylee on December 17, 2005 at 11:27 AM
    you guys need to stop and READ the book first of all... & then come back and read what everyone here has to say.

    do it.
  • Marty I (View Email) on December 19, 2005 at 12:35 PM
    I may not be African american but I still believe that it is racial and should be banned at all schools with no exceptions at all ecspecially my school Jackson High School, most of my friends are african american and I dont like even my friends to be insulted by a novel that over uses the N word throughout the whole novel.
    • john (View Email) on March 19, 2009 at 1:34 AM
      You should read the other posts among here if you havnt already. The book is not being insulting in the manner you are referring. It is insulting America as a whole for the past ways it has perceived African Americans.
      • kbock on January 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM
        you are being ridiculous, and obviously have failed to see the true meaning within this book, that it is trying to make obvious the err in american history, and teaching us to treat others with respect through telling a story and letting us interpret the lesson ourselves. If you want your school to be blind to the realities of america's past, and learn nothing for the future, then i suppose your argument is logical.
  • '09 on December 20, 2005 at 4:47 PM
    Last year, for EMS Humanities Final Confrence, my group did Censorship. One of the books on the "Most Censorsed Books List" was Huckleberry Finn. We also read it in the beginning of 8th grade. I do not agree with this. You cannot read the book expecting it to be like a novel written today. It is a GREAT historical book. Mark Twain used a lot of terms that are not accepted today, but when he wrote it- these terms were not bad, they were in common use. If you get past the use of the N word, you can get a great sense of what society was like and what life was like back in the 1800s. People read this book with a closed mind. I understand that the N word offends many people. But, sometimes, you have to understand, that it was not always a bad term. If you can't get past that, then you are missing out on a wonderful novel. It allows for GREAT class discussions. It can also be fun to read. GET PAST THE USE OF THE N WORD!!!!
  • dasylva on December 23, 2005 at 8:55 AM
    Although the word was used many times, if you actually read the book, you would see how Huck and Jim has a relationship that would not have been accepted by people in the south at that time. Read the book before you want it banned, geniouses.
  • Shannon O'Donnell (View Email) on January 1, 2006 at 7:06 PM
    This wonderful novel is just that, a great book to pick up at any time and read. It is full of fun and adventure. It teaches children and people of all ages to treat everyone as an equal, as a friend. We shouldn't concider the language a big deal, because the language is what was common at the time of the novel. In the end, the reader discovers that the one subject to the "N word" is a perfect person, therefore proving that you can change what others see you as. Mark Twain wrote 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' after the civil war. He wasn't trying to keep the old, bad south the way it was, he was trying to change it for the better. Was he supposed to write something like, "Go away you African American"? It would never have fit the novel time period and therefore lost the purpose of the story entirely. Therefore, no, this novel should never be banned, it should be a book on the front shelves of all libraries, available for every child and adult to choose if they want to read it or not.
  • Jennie (View Email) on January 2, 2006 at 9:57 PM
    I think that "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" should not be banned. This novel shows the hardships that whites and african americans had to go through. It shows true American History, the history of our ansestors and what they lived with. And as your read this book you see that Huck goes from I am better than you to we are equal, his idea changes when he feels bad for trying to trick Jim and apoligizes. Its a novel that need to be read because our true history would be lost without it.
  • Michele Allen (View Email) on January 8, 2006 at 4:43 AM
    I believe that Huck Finn should be banned in schools because although it is a strong classical piece of literature, facing the facts, it is a racist book and if not, then there wouldn't be so much controversy with it. If we lived in a world which racism has been eliminated generations before, Huck Finn would be a piece of cake to teach but unfortunately that’s not the world we live in. The book is a novel of interracial friendship that is a humiliation to African American students. It’s a fun book for white students to read but for an African American to read it, it’s a brutal slap in the face. There are so many alternative books that would teach racism much more efficiently and that would not hurt any students. Why use a book that uses the ‘n’ word 217 times? Why risk hurting a student when there’s better ways of handling things?
  • eric (View Email) on January 8, 2006 at 11:15 PM
    does huck say the n word or cuss?
  • compie25 (View Email) on January 9, 2006 at 1:43 PM
    i'm jamaican american. i read huck finn my junior year and it wasn't a "brutal slap in the face." in fact, while studying the book i finally realized the "n" word is only offensive if you chose it to be. black people who get upset over the novel because of its using the "n" word are shallow and most likely to be the hypocrites who use the "n" word in casual conversation every day.

    whether the book should be banned.. who cares.. people will always have something to complain about.
    • Nikki on February 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM
      EXACTLY! sorry, but yes, i agree lol
  • Blazer on January 9, 2006 at 7:05 PM
    Just one question why should anything that reveals how someone thinks be banned unless its a means to suppress a particular group.
  • mike on January 9, 2006 at 11:19 PM
    ha they tryd cencering it dumb as*es bitc*es
  • mike (View Email) on January 10, 2006 at 12:44 AM
    it shouldnt be banned plus im mark twains great great grandson
  • Sophie N (View Email) on January 11, 2006 at 2:02 PM
    'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' should not be banned from public schools. It was created as a subtle protest novel AGAINST racism. The ignorant fools who want to ban the book, don't understand the true meaning.
  • theNbomb (View Email) on January 12, 2006 at 8:15 AM
    OKay well then why is it okay for African Americans to say the N word and not white people? i just want to know
  • Figgleworth (View Email) on January 13, 2006 at 1:55 PM
  • Stephen Livingston (View Email) on January 29, 2006 at 2:10 PM
    I don't know if it should be banned or not. Because it isn't that bad but teachers shouldn't use it as a school book because in the front of the book it says that if you use this book for a school book you will be persecuted or something like that. Also because of the bad grammer.
  • Jennifer (View Email) on January 31, 2006 at 9:10 PM
    right now my junior english class is doing a debate on if the book should be banned or not and im suposed to be researching why it should be banned and im a little on the fence with this one because it can be offensive to those who come from a family that there ancestors use to be slaves but i also think its a really good book to learn about the history of slavery and racism.
  • Jeremiah (View Email) on February 3, 2006 at 3:45 PM
    My junior class is doing a report on if huck finn should be banned or not. I believe that it should not be banned even if it does say the word "nigger". It is a part of our history. There is only one question I have, if you were remembered later on in history for some odd reason, "Would you want to be deleted from childrens minds?"
  • Katie (View Email) on February 4, 2006 at 10:40 AM
    Any one who thinks that Mark Twain and his book were racist has not read the book and understood it. First of all the book is about a young boy breaking out from the steriotypes of race and learning that Jim even though he is black can be a good father figure. The use of the "N" word just shows what a huge divide Huck and Jim had to cross to become friends who would sacrfice anything for eachother. This book isn't racist, it is just written historically correct, and I High Schoolers can't learn about the past how will they keep from repeating its mistakes?
  • CK on February 5, 2006 at 9:12 PM
    I think what a lot of people don't realize is that Mark Twain was completely against slavery, and he was just using satire to show how stupid racism is.
  • Brittany Bray (View Email) on February 6, 2006 at 10:34 PM
    My class is doing a report about Huckleberry Finn whether or not it should be banned or stay on the shelves in the libraries. And I'm really confused on whether or not I'm for or against. I think I'm for it to stay taught in schools. Even though it states the negative values of the usage of the N word. It is a Historical Book and it teaches students the true value of how life was really like in the old days.
  • Hally (View Email) on February 7, 2006 at 8:09 PM
    dasylva :: 12/23/2005, 08:55 AM
    Although the word was used many times, if you actually read the book, you would see how Huck and Jim has a relationship that would not have been accepted by people in the south at that time. Read the book before you want it banned, geniouses.

    geniouses is spelled geniuses -_-
  • michou (View Email) on February 12, 2006 at 1:15 PM
    hello i'am algerien student i'am sorry for the mistaks .i read this novel and i find it very interresting it reflect the social life at that time,we can see also a child rise against a pwoerful society , and refuse the society rules witch are tyranny,racisme coruption.
  • Phil Curry (View Email) on February 22, 2006 at 12:55 AM
    Although this book is banned in some states, and the fact that the N-word is used in offensive ways. I dont think that it should be banned I personally read the book my junior year and again in my senior year. In high school people should be mature enough to realize the morals and the overall satire writing Twain uses argueing against slavery. You can find examples in chapter (15 page 80).
  • Mia (View Email) on February 22, 2006 at 10:10 AM
    I dont think huck fin should be banned from schools! Even though they use the N word alot it teaches people to not be raciest, and teaches them on what happaned many years ago.
  • cisco (View Email) on March 30, 2006 at 11:19 AM
    check this out i think the book shouldn't be banned every one should read the book as a matter of fact the book should be readin all the high schools
  • anoumos (View Email) on March 31, 2006 at 11:01 AM
    i don;t think it should be banned from puplic schools. its a book . its not even true
  • Makenzie on March 31, 2006 at 6:16 PM
    I think everyone has the free agency to read what they will. There are much worse things happening out there in the world like pornography, violence, and dare I say racism. Should we ban the Internet then? No. We stay away from it. If you choose not to read this book, then don't. Why make one half suffer for the other half? There are a lot of things we have no control over. I personally believe we as a society have become very corrupted, and I choose my battles and don't participate in certain things according to my morals. Yet I still cannot ban the whole world for doing what they may, for we all have that same choice. Atleast, in America we do, and we cannot lose that freedom or we cease to be that great country we once were.
  • Phil (View Email) on April 2, 2006 at 10:01 AM
    What are you talking about, this book is written around true circumstances, attitutedes and ideals based in the late 1800's. Personally, I think there are many books that can be read to teach the history of slavery etc. Banning this book from the curriculum while keeping it available in the library might be idealing the best solution to schools that are currently trying to solve a dilemma such as this.
  • anounomas (View Email) on April 3, 2006 at 12:21 PM
    most people want it to be banned have not took the time to read it they just asume its not a good book
  • lalalasoremidododo (View Email) on April 4, 2006 at 1:22 PM
    it is a very good book i think everybody should take the time to read this book .......(=!!!!!!********
  • ILL Mitch on April 11, 2006 at 11:30 AM
    This book is very Slavic.
  • Jessie (View Email) on April 12, 2006 at 1:52 PM
    I think that "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" should not be banned from public schools. This book has a great amount of sufficient information in teaching our student today what it was like in our history. It shows exactly the way slaves and people of different races were treated. The book can influence the way people treat others. With this, I think it is perfectly fine to have students of today read this book in all public schools.
  • beth (View Email) on April 12, 2006 at 1:56 PM
    I LOVE THIS BOOK! it should not be banned in schools, because I LOVE THIS BOOk. i think its way better than shakespeare!! Shakespear sucks compared to this in high school reading...take it from us kids own point of view.
  • katie datie (View Email) on April 12, 2006 at 1:59 PM
    I HATE SHAKESPEARE!!!...but i love huck finn this in no way shape or form should be banned in any school except maybe catholic schools!!! well it shows great value and like kids as we are haven't heard this racism and stuff before so get over it like DUUH
  • somebody (View Email) on April 16, 2006 at 11:47 AM
    if they hate the n... word so much why did they create a different word that sound just like it and call each other this
  • Erin (View Email) on April 26, 2006 at 8:02 PM
    Personally, I think the book should atleast not be a required reading in school, based on just the grammar. I found it a pain to read, even though the story was good, because I had no clue what was being said sometimes. And with the N word, i mean, it's just a word. It's not like someone's killing your puppy or something. I know it may be hard to be above verbal provoking sometimes, but thats how things were in history, even though you don't see the word in history books.
  • Lynsi Bradford on May 2, 2006 at 12:00 PM
    I truly think that this book is a book that should not be banned in school only becasue of the fact that it is a page turner. I hate reading. I emphasize this.. I HATE REAING but this book i loved. It is hard to read these comments and see that such a contreversial book is being taken away from public schools!!!!!
  • Shelby (View Email) on May 4, 2006 at 1:42 PM
    I HATE reading i think its stupid and dumb but i would have to say that i personaly thinks its also stupid and dumb to band a book that someone else might actally like to read!
  • adam on May 9, 2006 at 6:12 PM
    this book was written when the n word was just a word you used when referring to a colored person so i dont belive it should be banned
  • g-reg (View Email) on May 15, 2006 at 2:15 PM
    this book is stupid
  • paxonboy (View Email) on July 23, 2006 at 11:15 PM
    I am a junior taking an AP English class at my school, and we had to read “Huckleberry Finn” this summer. It is hard for me to comprehend the fact that there were places that black people had no rights because of the color of their skin and white people had all of the rights in the world. I also cannot understand where people would get the idea that because you were a certain color you should be condemned to be slaves. Throughout parts of “Huckleberry Finn”, it really seems like no matter what Huck felt towards Jim, whether it was a very strong friendship or a brotherly love, he always had in the back of his mind that Jim was a black person and a slave. Even when Jim was so certain that Huck went down the river and he said he saw him Huck said that he was wrong. Now, I am okay with fun and games but what gets me is after he was done playing the trick on Jim and made him feel bad, Huck goes into the wigwam says:

    “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger.”

    He is saying that this is so hard for him to do because Jim is black. If Jim were a friend of Huck’s who was white such as Huck’s friend, Tom, then it would have been easier for him to go apologize. Also, later in the book, when they are on the river, Jim starts talking about his plan of what he is going to do when he is free. Keep in mind that by now Huck and Jim have spent a lot of time together and have become friends. Huck starts to feel like he is doing the wrong thing by helping Jim become a free man. He starts to think that he should turn him in. I can’t imagine doing that to one of my friends but I guess that during those times it was just always how the whites thought about the blacks.

    There is another debate about whether this book should be read in a classroom setting because of the racial controversy. There are people who feel the book is racist because of the use of the “N” word and the degrading way that the blacks are characterized in the book. Personally, I feel that was the way that people spoke back then. Therefore, when Mark Twain was writing the book that is what he was trying to show in his writing the way that people spoke and the way that the blacks were treated. Even today some blacks refer to themselves or their friends as the “N” word. At the end of the book, Huck finally got over society’s way of looking at the blacks and saw through the color of the skin and found a good friend in Jim.

    Because I read this for my AP class, I have a better understanding about what went on in those times and how people thought. If it wasn’t for this class, I probably would not of read this book again. It is good to look back on how people thought back then and see how sad and immature it is to think that way. I feel this book has given me a better outlook on how the times were back in the eighteen hundreds.

  • Melissa (View Email) on August 1, 2006 at 9:26 PM
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn withhold many different racial slurs, that cause a big deal among many people today. As humans though we have to learn to wake up to the realization that back in those days that is what white folks called the colored folk. Back then it wasn't a big deal in everyday life as it is now. Even a little boy such as Huck would just use it not even thinking twice about it. For example when Jim was telling others about his witchcraftery. Huck would talk about it and he would say, " Jim was monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn't hardly notice the other niggers. Niggers would come miles to hear Jim tell about it, and he was look up to than any other nigger in the country."
    We as kids learn all of our lives about the history of the whole world, we spend most of our teenage life focusing on what history went down here in American where we live. There are alot of things that we as Americans aren't proud of, but that doesn't mean we should try to hide it from the world, we should live and learn. I believe that "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" should not be banned from schools i believe it is an important part of history. Not something we should be proud that we did but you know, that makes us "young adults" learn from our elders. We look back on the history our ancestors have made and we learn from them. If we ban this book from school how will we ever learn what to do and not to do from the past?
  • Henry Montalvo (View Email) on August 17, 2006 at 12:37 AM
    huck fin show us our past and present do you think rascisum is gone, it is not and when reading the book tom progresses more than huckfin himself and becomes like a father figuer to huck and although no one likes to bring up the "N" word its there it was the times and mark twain is not a racitst this is how he grew up and when he wrote this book the civil rights movement was still going on and he saw the stupidity of this and wrote. many say the free publicity helped him more to sell the book, maybe and it did help out. The contreversy is still here when your reading this book be open minded and these ideas about one word, it insults many people including me but i loved this book and the part about huckfin thinking about turning in tom was wrong but if he had we the students be arguing about wether to read this book or even more banned from schools, if it did not had an moral out come it would had been like hitlers book and how the the jews were nothing to him but trash . matter of fact i say no don't bann this book and dont read it if it offends you but your missing out on the whole view of mark twain and his life. and also learn from our mistakes in the pastalso dont jump to conclutions

    PS (sorry for the spelling)

  • David Gonzalez (View Email) on October 3, 2006 at 10:48 PM
    People who want to ban this are stupid. Because the book says "N-----?" Yeah, it's a bad word but that's apart of our history and you can't ban history! To ban this would be a slap in the face of the spirit of slaves who went through a struggle. This book shows the struggle and to ban it would be a travest.
  • Jeffrey (View Email) on October 11, 2006 at 10:52 AM
    I think banning this book would be a terrible disrespect for a great writer. its not his fault that he writes the TRUTH about a book. He is letting people know the reals about what happened he is just a man showing what went down and yea it says the "n" word but honestly you hear worst then that in everyday life. Its time to get over yourselves and read this great novel.
  • Junior Anna (View Email) on October 12, 2006 at 8:49 PM
    Over the summer, I had read Huckleberry Finn for my AP english class. I must say that the book was amazingly written. It dealt alot with the way society viewed black people. If Huckleberry Finn was to be banned entirely, it will be taking a piece of history away from us even if it is a little controversial and part fiction. But the aspect of it remains true to what really was going on during the time of slavery. If you ban Huckleberry Finn because of its use of the nigger, that would be like taking away our freedom. It just can't be done.
  • Nehemiah (View Email) on November 7, 2006 at 5:12 PM
    I am an African-American in a high school of mostly Caucasian people. I have read the book Huckleberry Finn, and believe strongly that it must be kept in our schools. Although the n-word is used often the book is a satire on the racism of the 1840s and the importance of the abolition of slavery. Twain was NOT a racist he was a man who grew up with slaveholding parents, in a slaveholding town. He published this book to bring attention to the degradation that blacks faced during that time. I personally believe that this is an excellent novel that should be kept in schools for years to come.
  • Roach (View Email) on November 28, 2006 at 11:37 AM
    No because it is a very good book I read it when I was in school and it puts everything in perspective on what the African Americans went through in the past.
  • Ryan Davidson (View Email) on November 30, 2006 at 4:54 PM
    don't we have more to worry about than a racist comment in a book??.... those mindless idiots should consentrate thier energies on banning internet porn instead
  • breeonna on December 8, 2006 at 1:48 PM
    yes i think this book should be banned not because of the story but because of the language used. i think it gives whites a excuse to say the n word. i am an african american and i was affended when my teachers made me leave the room when they read the book and watched the movie. that why i ask if black people wrote a novel on the names we call whites would they read it? i think not!
  • Junior Katie DeClue (View Email) on December 11, 2006 at 8:25 PM
    I dont think this book should be banned. The banning of the book would be the erasing of our country's history as a whole. This book shows largly how far our country has grown since the setting of this book. Readers should also understand that if anyone was racist in the book, it was Hucks original character, not Mark Twain.
  • Breeonna (View Email) on January 3, 2007 at 8:16 PM
    yes i think this book should be banned not because of the story but because of the language used. i think it gives whites a excuse to say the n word. i am an african american at Lincoln Hills School WI and i was affended when my teachers made me leave the room when they read the book and watched the movie. that why i ask if black people wrote a novel on the names we call whites would they read it? i think not!
  • JoePro on January 4, 2007 at 10:33 PM
    If this book were to be banned then imagine what else would be banned. I think that banning such an educational book would be a crime. I see no harm in using "nigger" 200 times. I know quite a few African Americans and one of them happens to be one of my best friends. It is that individuals past personal experiences that trigger the uncomfortable feelings which they choose to blame on Mark Twains novel. The word/name/label "nigger" does not have to be derogative or negative in nature at all. It just depends on how it is used and interpreted. Personally, if you don't like it don't read it! Don't complain about being sent out of the room! You put yourself in that position. Everyone has experiences that make them uncomfortable. That is just part of Americas history. You cannot change it. I would consider this book as a history book rather than just a story book. It has too many cold truths. Besides, banning it would take away Mark Twains first ammendment (freedom of speech)!!!
  • COffner (View Email) on January 10, 2007 at 12:25 PM
    This book should not be banned just because of the words that they use in the book. You have to look at the concept of the book and what its true meaning is and that is not to put down african americans or just to say the "n" word over 200 times. It is to show what happened that day in age and how americans have learned and grown from that. And as a matter of fact i am sure that Mark Twain didn't just write that book to show the words that we call blacks.
  • Destiny (View Email) on January 12, 2007 at 1:27 PM
    I belive that this books should not be banned because,sure it has alot of racial remarks tworad the african americans but what about all these other books with racial slurs about mexicans and asians basically every race.if you have to ban one book with racial slurs then they might as well bann them all.
  • kristina on January 13, 2007 at 5:49 PM
    Huck Finn can be viewed basically two ways, i personally believe that it shouldn't be banned. Basically, the main reason it seems to be banned is based off of the N word and well, when i first read the book, this was a bit of a shock, although, people need to realize the context this book is in and Twain's point of view. People have researched his works and found him to be in favor of equality of races. I didn't realize that when i first read this book, but when it is pointed out, it is easy to be seen. Some people do believe that the N word is just a word, but i cannot agree at all. It was a derogatory term when it was used and still can be today, then it was degrading to African Americans and it is offensive today is used by whites. Although, in the book it can be used both ways, but it was just a name for African Americans. I know it can be taken offensively and it made me mad at first, and I'm a white girl, because it shows how people didn't respect one another back then, but that is how it was and we need to learn that so that we can treat each other right now, plus it is history. Although, today when whites use the N word it makes me mad because they don't seem to understand what baggage comes from that word, people just need to understand that it is offensive and not just some word. I know that African Americans call each other that, but i think they have the right to because it was in their ancestory that they had to suffer through slavery and offensive terms, i think it is kind of like saying buddy, but offensive if called that by a white because we don't have that background with that word they have.
  • Shinana on January 15, 2007 at 2:48 PM
    i think 'the adventures of huckleberry finn shouldnt be banned just becuase of the n word. it is sad but true that in the real world people do say it and are going to say it.
  • aj (View Email) on January 17, 2007 at 7:16 PM
    Breeonna :: :: 1/3/2007, 8:16 PM
    "...i think it gives whites a excuse to say the n word..."

    i have to disagree with you . i think if its going to "give whites an excuse to say the n word", its already been on their mind to say it in the first place . its like this: if it was bound to happen it will happen . and, unfortunately, it is bound to happen . yes, this is an upsetting truth, but you cant ban a book because of it .

    i think that this book should never be removed from high school curriculum or banned . mark twain was a terrific writer in realism . this book showed (and spoke) the truth . how could the book be racist or made to offend one specific race when the author was fighting for that races' freedom ? and also, why would twain have made the most loyal and humble characters (jim) a black man if he didnt know what he was doing ? i think that this novel spoke the truth about civilization as we know it, putting us in the position of naive Huck . sometimes the context in which you must speak the truth hurts .

    above all, this is a great book and i hope my kids and their kids and on will be able to learn from it as many of us have .
  • Anna on January 22, 2007 at 6:06 PM
  • rosy on January 25, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    i think that the book is a great book and i think people have to grow up and unders stand that the word was not met to use in a offesev way!!
  • fred (View Email) on January 25, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    i think its ok. duh. I like finn book osea you know.
  • Austen G. (View Email) on January 27, 2007 at 9:22 PM
    In my lit class we just finished this book and we also watched the pbs "Born to Trouble" documentary. I dont think it should ever be banned. I think there is just too much controversy on just one word surrounding the novel. Controversy on this novel is also what i am giving a IB(international baccelaureate) speech on.
  • jason priwera (View Email) on January 29, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    its too long
  • me on January 29, 2007 at 10:59 AM
    this book suks
  • Kathleen (View Email) on January 30, 2007 at 4:47 AM
    What a lot of people are missing, is that the book is not only racist towards black people, but largely, in honestly, moreso, towards white people. It satirizes -all- of white society, and isn't it ironic how the -one- gentle, honest man is black? Isn't it ironic how he is the one made to suffer? Every instance involving white people simply plays up on the humor of their lives, and black people are only satirized for their superstition. Not a big deal when compared to the white men and women who are made a laughing stock of in all of their ridiculous-ness.
    And as for the "n-word"; it simply embodied slavery of the time period. It was over-used, out-dated, cruel. Slavery: over-used, out-dated, cruel/defiling. Mark Twain did a good job of it. And besides, people also miss the fact that Huck Finn more or less represents the conscience of humanity, and everyone else represents humanity. Interesting how the conscience of humanity is willing to go to hell and burn for the rest of eternity to save Jim and become an outlaw. Still believe it should be banned?

    If anything it speaks out for black people, and tars and feathers all of white society, revealing the hypocrisy of it all.
  • Jack Mehoffer (View Email) on January 30, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    I loved the book. and mark twain
  • Chris Garver (View Email) on February 7, 2007 at 6:42 PM
    I believe that there is no good or even semi-good reason that Hucklberry Finn should be banned from schools. So what it has the "N" word in there over 200 times. Don't get me wrong it's a bad word, but that is what people used to call their slaves and any other negro. If you listen to the language of today, people say a lot worse. Not only do they say many other bad words, but call eachother the "N" word frequently. You never hear anything about that now do you?
  • Joe (View Email) on February 9, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    I believe that this book shouldn't be banned. I think that people are all assuming that the book is just trying to get banned primarily becuase it uses the n-word, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that people get murdered in the book without like any consequences. Maybe they think that people who read this in school will think that they kill people without any worries. I do believe though that by the 1st ammendment the book has the right to free speech so it shouldn't be censored. It is just showing how it used to be.
  • jarret Angbazo (View Email) on February 11, 2007 at 3:29 PM
    i hated the book it should be banned
  • Tron (View Email) on February 15, 2007 at 2:54 PM
    yo yo yo thizz book is off the heezy recommended to all mah brothas n sistas n to all white peeps too
    • dj shizza (View Email) on November 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM
      word up
  • Ryan (View Email) on February 27, 2007 at 12:11 PM
    This book should be up to the students who have the chance to read the book. I would be sure that if you give students a choice to read this book or some other book the same size and same amount of words they would pick Huckleberry Finn. If this is a free country how come only adults are aloud to make choices such as these for children in there teens. Not only this reason though mature teens can deal with this kind of racism. If they cant then dont read the book.
  • Chelsea (View Email) on February 28, 2007 at 2:37 PM
    This book should not be banned at all. Mark Twain should be allowed intellectual freedom. The 'n' word is after all, just a word, why is it a big deal, it shouldn't be really.
  • alex (View Email) on February 28, 2007 at 9:04 PM
    i think people often times get caught up in what means what. people hear words song lyrics* speeches from people protesting agianst the goverment or its works but often enoughf we dont think bout what it means or the depth of it not just the words or phrases that fit into a song or that make sence in a speech but the deeper meaning its self. but for this word "n" so i myself wont get critised, people now think of a word with todays meaning, example if you said (cracker) a hundred years ago they would think of a backed peice of bread but now you get into racial terms well that is what the word nigger dose now. people think of todays meaning which is harsh and ubsturckt but almost 200 years ago now it would mean a person (even thought they wornt considered people unless free) they were property. like live stock. and i think when people read The Adventures OF Huckelberry Finn they think of todays meaning insted of the meaning mark twain gave it. so give some respect ot the author and to the amazing peice of AMERICAN lititure.
  • Heather Finley (View Email) on March 2, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    Heather i am a Junior at western high school in Michigan and this is my opnion....

    The nation wide controversial issue surrounding the book Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is that “Should the adventures of Huckleberry Finn be taught in the high school eleventh grade classes today?” Many critics of the book say that the adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be allowed in high school eleventh grade classes because of its reference to the African-American race. I disagree with the many critics, I think the adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be allowed in eleventh grade classes because the book shows actual growth from racism to acceptance, it has a great story line, and all at the same time it allows our imaginations to flow with the rhythm of the book, while still getting an educational experience from the book as well.
    The main characters of the book are Huckleberry, Jim and Tom. Huckleberry and Tom are southern white boys growing up in a time where racism was as common as going to church on Sundays. They were growing up “at a time when black identity in American society was undefined.”(1 Ampersand) While Huckleberry and Tom were taught that blacks were sub-human creatures without souls or feelings.” (1 Ampersand) Since the book was written twenty years before the civil war the common word used to identify the African American race was the word “nigger”. (106 Twain) In the story the boy Huckleberry has an internal conflict about if Jim is an actual person, because he is an African American. Also in the story you see how in the beginning of the book Huckleberry is racist because he plays a very degrading joke on Jim which makes Jim feel inferior to Huckleberry. “Huck, however, acts as if he has never left the raft and convinces Jim that he ahs dreamed the entire episode. Confused and intimidated by Huck’s foolery, Jim acquiesces to the lie and thus his own sense of inferiority. Jim reverts to the only means he knows to help him rationalize his bewilderment; superstition. He redefines his real experience with a fictitious interpolation “painted up considerable” with supernatural warnings and signs.” (2 Ampersand) As the story grows on the tension within Huckleberry does as well. By the end of the story Huckleberry finally admits “I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n. It don’t seem natural, but I reckon it’s so.” (3 Ampersand) With this statement everything that Huckleberry has been taught has been flipped and reversed, he acknowledges that Jim is not a sub-human creature without souls or feelings, that infact he is capable of feeling human love.
    This book is filled with many adventures especially with Huckleberry and Jim, and Huckleberry and Tom as well. “We went tiptoeing along the path amongst the trees back toward the end of the widows garden, stooping down so as the branches wouldn’t scrape our heads. When we was past the kitchen I fell over a root and made a noise. We scrunched down and laid still.” (4 Twain) This scene Huckleberry and Tom are sneaking out. “Tom he made a sign to me – kind of a little noise with his mouth – and we went creeping away on our hands and knees. When we was ten feet off whispered to me, he wanted to tie Jim to the tree for fun. But I said no.” (5 Twain) These boys were constantly doing anything and everything you could possibly think of to defy and kind of rules that were given to them.
    This book defiantly should be allowed because we as high school students are getting an educational experience from the book as well. In high school students are assigned book after book after book to read analyze and test on, but with Huckleberry Finn we can actually learn about history while still enjoying ourselves and are not bored our of our minds. This book has historical meaning that is very significant. It shows how the south morally depicted African Americans. This book was written in 1888 and African American citizens were not granted citizenship until 1870 and then were still not treated correctly. “The truth is, these books are historically accurate in the environment set up, and in order to show our history we must show truth, and the truth is ugly.” (1 Quang)
    So yes, the adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be taught in the high school eleventh grade classes today? The book should be taught be cause it shows people can change for the better, rare, but possible, the book has a great story line. And last but not least this book has a great educational value to it, why would they not allow such a fine 300 pages full of ink into eleventh grade classes? I feel that people are trying to hide from the truth, because the truth hurts.
  • kelsey hager (View Email) on March 2, 2007 at 2:50 PM
    NO it should not be banned.
  • Jake Dahlin (View Email) on March 5, 2007 at 9:46 AM
    I think this book should be banned from eveywhere in the world.
  • Yamune (View Email) on March 5, 2007 at 9:53 PM
    Huckleberry Finn should not be banned from schools. What for? How can one protect the students from history's truth? Why would they? The fact of the matter is, the N-word was used a lot back then (and still is today), and although it may offend people, people should not avoid confronting such realities so that people can 'feel better'. Face it: The world has problems. And those problems won't be resolved if society continues to shield the youth from everything that needs fixing.
  • Evan Lenehan (View Email) on March 6, 2007 at 11:20 AM
    this book suck!!! why put a book out if there is no point to the story? i mean if it was proper english it would have been better!! but over all this book SUCKS!
  • larry joe (View Email) on March 6, 2007 at 12:08 PM
    BAN IT!!!
  • Chris (View Email) on March 6, 2007 at 2:14 PM
    history has told us a lot and this book should be banned because even abraham lincoln would say to us that this book sucks and he would say he hates it cause deep down he is not a racist like some of you and your theorys for keeping the book
    • nlk on August 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM
      ok first of all its ridiculous for you to assume you know what abraham lincoln would think of this book.

      and the whole book is a message against racism. have you even read it? did you pay attention? i mean come on. are you serious?
  • samantha (View Email) on March 6, 2007 at 3:29 PM
    This is a book that needs to stay in schools. It shows a lot about our past and history. people need to not be so narrow sighted, they need to relieve that Mark Twain did not write this book to degrade blacks are make whites look superior he wrote it to tell a story of a boy and coming of age. Also to give you a feel of what it was like in the times that he grew up in.
  • Derek (View Email) on March 7, 2007 at 1:46 PM
    This was a horrible book. Not only did the dialogue offend me, this book overall insulted my intelligence. The drab and boring story caused me on many occasions to fall asleep reading this trash. Racism is not the proper reasoning behind banning this book. This book should be banned because of the horrible grammar, the bad story, boring characters, and overall bad way the book was written. It may be a part of history, but let's just let it stay that way.... HISTORY So even if the book itself is not banned, I don't think that it should be required reading.
  • Stephen (View Email) on March 7, 2007 at 1:53 PM
    This books sucks!!! I can't believe people have nothing better to do than fight over wether this book should be banned or not. because of these people I have to do this stupid debate in my english class when I could be doing something more constructive with my life. Can't we all just get along. Thanks, PEACE.
  • Stacy (View Email) on March 8, 2007 at 6:48 PM
    Just b/c you hate this book doesn't mean it should be banned. Get over with it already. I am sure you were forced to read worse than that.
  • Tiffany on March 9, 2007 at 9:32 AM
    i think that this book should stay in schools.
  • Jennifer (View Email) on March 9, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    I think the book should get banned because the excessive use of the "n-word" and just because its 2007 that word still has alot of power, and i dont think students should have to read something that degrades another race.
  • the sexy one (View Email) on March 9, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    You're all just jealous you didn't write Huckleberry Finn
  • Austen G. (View Email) on March 10, 2007 at 1:08 AM
    I agree with the last post...evrybody is jealous and....well....I LOVED^_^ this book and it does not suck.
  • pia on March 13, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    i think this book is extremly racist and should be banned from schools because of the 230 some odd n words and for the homo erotic displays between its two main characters
  • Ruthy Amerman on March 14, 2007 at 1:39 PM
    Dear People,
    We learn from history, this book teaches us and exposes the problems of racisim. It teaches us not to repeat them and tells us to treat everyone kindly. That to be a "good human" is to treat everyone with respect. If we ignore histroy we are doomed to repeat it.

    "Mark Twain uses the word nigger 215 times, we are constantaly being reminded by critics that are too busy counting the words to understand the meaning."
  • ingrid (View Email) on March 14, 2007 at 1:44 PM
    Mark Twain once said,"If I'd a known what a trouble it was to write a book, I wouldn't a tackled it." Open your eyes Twain haters! IT'S A BOOK! It is a testimony of the time period,not an ode to slavery. The use of the "n" word only duplicates common grammer used then, and does not enforce or promote it. It seems that when you are all spending your precious time counting the words, you lose the real meaning behind it. Look at it this way: If you ban the book, and run away from it, and are letting slave owners stand the test of time. You are letting them win, and only belittling yourself at a higher cost. Let yourself stand the test of time, and become apart of American history by embracing the adventure that this book truly holds.
  • john (View Email) on March 18, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    Well, you know man it's like this I think it shouldn't be banned I mean we got
    fREADom. Ain't that right, yall.
    Check you later. Out.
  • Jonathan (View Email) on March 20, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    Do you think huck finn should go to school?
  • Seig (View Email) on March 20, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    i agree with the last 2 comments. the book my state some 'words' and a slight 'theme' but we r free. the story reflects a crule part of our history...but it's our history! it cant b erased. only learned from.
  • tyreice biggoms (View Email) on March 20, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    yea this is a racist book and yes im a black man in america and i dont think it is bad cause they should teach it causee thats just how things was so yea if the black man can live with it then so can every one else the word nigger dont bother me cause those racist opinions are over and gone
  • Natasha on March 20, 2007 at 1:02 PM
    I think Huck Finn should not be banned from schools. We just got done reading it and it is a awsome book. Any way get over it. it is just a book and if u don't like it then don't read it.
  • Kathleen (View Email) on March 20, 2007 at 7:52 PM
    I have since had to participate in a class debate, in which I was placed on a side I didn't agree with (To ban or not to ban? I felt the need to allow Huck Finn into society, but I had to argue in support of the ban) and I have since had a change of heart.
    I do believe it should be banned, BUT ONLY on the ELEMENTARY level. It is a -great- book, it presents ideas that are -still- modern and hard for others to grasp, which is amazing, considering how long it was written. (I've actually commented below on how brilliant the book is, and why it is that way), but the reality is, not -everyone- is going to be able to pick up on the satires of the lives Twain has placed in this novel. It's interesting to me how this is written from the perspective of a child, immature in language and grammar; I do believe that Twain did this to target the younger generations. He himself did not believe in slavery, and the saying will always be true; if you want -real- change to occur, target the ever-changeable and -influencable children, why waste your time with stubborn adults? What he wanted was to get the message across, that slavery, while taught as okay, that it is -okay- to struggle with it. That it -is- okay to not believe that it's right; and really, even if a child were reading this, and has never been exposed to slavery, the horror of it does come across through the experience of Huck and his buddy. What a child reading this will see are the complexities of "sivilized" society, what a child reading this will struggle with are all of the wrongs done to a character he/she feels endeared to, almost best-friended with throughout the tales of this novel. And this is great, it's great for psychological analysis, but the reality is, slavery is no longer an issue. The feelings and ideas about slavery are one of the few that a _child_ will be able to pick up on; he will not be able to decipher the complexities of right and wrong Twain has inserted in his novel through the actions of the characters. A child will only be able to read it on a surface level; and on a surface level, the book is awful. It's no good unless one can delve deeper into it than just the incorrect grammar (that a child, if he/she decides to make this his/her favorite book, will become accustomed to and perhaps even begin to speak in the manner of) and the mere stories and captions throughout the pages. Honestly, I don't want an elementary child reading a book that satirizes the religion he may very well choose to grow into; while in Twain's experience, there are many churches where the pigs spend more time more freely in church than the people, and Christians sit in pews with guns latched to their sides, those scenes aren't in my experience, and I'm pretty American too. Not every church is like that, and I don't want the spoils of an experience for Huck Finn to spoil his mind on that level, because he may not be able to simply take it as satire as we would, he may take it for truth.
    But most glaringly, the "n-word". "Nigger" is used -very- many times in this book, well over 200, to be approximate. Honestly, the use of that word is still a hot topic (I have more on it in my comment below) today. What I don't want, is for a child, un-knowing and without the intent to hurt anyone, to be given a weapon that can wound and cut as this one word can wound and cut. I don't want a child to un-knowingly use the word that so many (white and black alike) take offense to; and really, by placing this word in the mouth of a favorite story-time character and before a child over 200 times in a 300-page book that -is- likely to become his/her favorite...? What more can you expect than whatever is likely to happen..?
    And really, think about it. Everyone commenting on this page, and likely reading it, is on some kind of adult thinking level. This book isn't a children's novel. Not anymore. It was once intended for that audience, to influence and persuade their minds into a different course/groove of thinking. And it has, it served it's purpose well, slavery is no longer allowed in the states. Other than open the eyes of children to that world of hurt, to the wrongs of that lifestyle, this book has no purpose in their hands. The controversy is not among the children, it is among the comprehension of the adults that control the medias and modes of influence of children; it is among individuals of the elite, individuals capable of complex thought. Children aren't these individuals. This -is- NOT a children's novel anymore. It's not a silly story that should be back-handed by placing it on a dusty shelf in the children's section of Fiction. It's a big book, there aren't pretty pictures in it, it involves deep complex thought on the psychological influences and processes of human (not black, or white, but human) society, so -why- is it found in the children's section of libraries? Why is a book that makes use of the word nigger over 200 times given/recommended to children as a must-read? Why is something that portrays pigs as holier individuals than people, I mean really! That's disgusting. To give this book to a child is ridiculous. It -should- be banned until he/she is capable or able enough to read -and- comprehend it. It's a great read, but the comprehension is necessary for it's effect as one of the greatest American works of literature to set in.
    I have faith in children, but not that much... My apologies.
  • Money Mahad (View Email) on March 21, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    well guess wat im black and i dont like huckleberry book nor his momma i think this book should banned. Because nobody wants to be called a racial slur,
  • MoneyMahad (View Email) on March 21, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    im black and i dont like huckleberry book nor his mother i think it should be banned because nobody likes to be called racial slurs, HOLLA
  • lwm (View Email) on March 21, 2007 at 9:44 PM
    What many people fail to grasp (though, thankfully some on this message board have) it that Huck Finn is largely satirical. By using the "n-word" in over 200 instances Twain criticizes the racial slur and discourages its excessive use. Twain takes a misanthropic view on human nature and especially on the stereotypical southern aristocracy. As previously mentioned by someone else, any author who exhibits hogs as having higher moral standing than human beings certainly doesn't have an optimistic view on the nature of human beings. We, as readers, have to look beyond Huck's often slightly distorted and biased narrations and see the message that Twain is trying to convey. Anyone, African-Americans especially, who wishes this book to be banned from schools obviously completely fails to see the real message behind the stereotypical characterization of Jim and the excessive use of these racial slurs. Twain's seemingly racist novel does not justify such behavior. Instead, it condemns it. As said in a quote by Charles Churchill, "Why should we fear; and what? The laws? They all are armed in virtue's cause; And aiming at the self-same end, Satire is always virtue's friend."
  • ANGEL23 on March 23, 2007 at 12:38 AM
  • Natasha on March 26, 2007 at 1:10 PM
    This book is not racist. If your black this book is not trying to be racist. It is just placing itself as if it was in the south before the civil war. If you know anything about that then you know how it was. All this book is trying to do is make a point. If you don't like then don't read it. Even though you should because it is a great book.
  • jae kim (View Email) on March 27, 2007 at 12:22 AM
    the "N-word" is not a racist but the people are. Banning the "N-word" will never end the interminable cycle of discrimination.
  • Antoinette (View Email) on March 28, 2007 at 8:42 AM
    In my opinion Huck Finn expresses the reality of how life was lived in the 1800's.Why ban a book that does nothing but tells it how it was during that time.
  • Ashley (View Email) on March 28, 2007 at 12:02 PM
    I think this is a very good book that shows how life used to be when there was slavery. It could teach a lot of people a lot of things. I don't think it is considered racist because back when this book was written the "n" word was not bad, it was just the way of life.
  • chad on March 28, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    Hey I think that banning books especially this one is stupid. All the auther was trying to do is show what times were like back then. And useing the n-word is not that bad. because everyone in my class is mature enough to know what the word means.(and were only 13) we don't care we Know what our history is and thats our history and nobody should should be ashamed of it.Have fun arguing.
  • Becky (View Email) on March 29, 2007 at 5:06 PM
    If anotoinette can leave a comment so can i... i dont think this book should be banned, b/c you gotta remember this was writtin WAY back when in the 1800s. This is how it was then, and with the whole racism thing. I realize they use that word alot, but like i said thats how they talked, and they dont use it any worse then kids use it today towards each other. The more you read about this the more u see, there's more to the book AND the author then the racism issue.
  • waldo (View Email) on March 29, 2007 at 8:44 PM
    im doing a mock trial at school and im a laywer and i need question the proof the book should be band from school.can u help me
  • Alli on March 30, 2007 at 11:59 AM
    I totally agree with chad I mean he says it al right there in his coment even the 13 year olds know that it is not that bad.

  • Emma (View Email) on March 30, 2007 at 11:59 AM
    Hey!!! Was up!! I don't think that Huck Finn should be banned. I think that it is a great book and has a great story line. Mark Twain was only writeing what he knew. I don't think he meant to offend any one by how he was talking it was how everyone talked back then. It was just everday language. So that is my opinoin
  • Jess (View Email) on March 30, 2007 at 2:35 PM
    ha! this is funny...its just a book and it is pretty much amazing. i hate reading and i like this book but it is crazy that this has caused such a ruckus. GO HUCKLEBERRY!!!!!!
  • peak (View Email) on April 4, 2007 at 2:19 AM
    realism in the adventures of huckleberry finn
  • Kayleen (View Email) on April 5, 2007 at 6:19 PM
    We have to remain educated about the horrible events of our past to avoid making the same mistakes in the future, This book should not be banner from public schools. It is an excelent teaching tool that allows the opportunity to learn about or past.
  • brandon (View Email) on April 9, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    i think that the huck finn book should not be ban, because we shud have to no about our past. also were we came from.
  • Youalreadyknow (View Email) on April 10, 2007 at 3:16 PM
    This book should be banned.The word nigger shouldnt be in a book. I know a lot of black people are behind me when i say this that white peopple just shouldn't be sayin the "N" word. And Yes I Am BLACK for those of u who were still wondering.
  • #dlele ! on April 17, 2007 at 8:46 AM
    I think this book should be banned, because that´s an insult for all the black people. What is this? Imagine, if all the black people would call us : Hey Whities!!
    We surely weren´t happy about this...-.-
    That´s my opinion about this book!
  • melissa (View Email) on April 18, 2007 at 1:08 PM
    to natasha: you make no sense. The novel SUCKS... but it does show you how people acted towards, what they used to call, niggers. Like you said "if you're black this book is not racist", well you are wrong. The person reading this doesnt have to be black in order to think its racist. At my school, a "white" student thought it was racist, because of how they made the "white people" sound mean. "At least they brought rum and brandy"- unknown sources
  • unknown on April 18, 2007 at 4:05 PM
    This book should not be banned, it shows how people really were back in the day towards black people. It reality, and you learn about it in History class anyways. If your old enough and mature you would understand.
  • Samantha (View Email) on April 19, 2007 at 6:38 PM
    I am a white high school junior. I personally think that Huck Finn is a book that is only suitable for high-school and above. At my school, they chose to have us read it twice. The first time we read it was in seventh grade. While reading it, I was extremely confused and hated the book. The second time we read the book was in this year (eleventh grade). This time, I truly enjoyed the book and was finally able to learn the lessons intended by Twain. The arguement over it being racist could go on eternally, but there is no point. There is plenty of support to argue that it is racist if you read the book at the surface level and take everything literally; however, if you read more in-depth, the book shows that it is truly a satire of racist and the old south. Twain was writing all of the stereotypical things of the time and then made used sarcasm to try to get more people to break free from the old ideals and society's standards. This book gives a vivid depection of what it truly was like back then and shows how far humans have progressed. Even though this is a great book, elementary and middle schools should ban these books because the students will be mislead and confused if they read it too early. They will miss the whole intent of the book and most likely never want to read it later (when they might actually understand it).
  • Jayme (View Email) on April 25, 2007 at 7:54 PM
    Ok... So Im a junior who just finished reading this book... I could be like most people and say what race I am but what does it matter? In my english class we are having a mock trial/debate on whether or not this book should be banned. I personally think the book is better suited for high school level and no lower but I dont by any means think the book should be banned. So what, Twain used the "n-word" not as a racist statement but to add satire to the story and criticize slave owners. Those who say this book supports racism and slavery need to reread and rethink their analysis. I have read some racist books and Huck Finn does not compare to any of them at any level. If we as students and teachers ban this book because of its "racist" aspect, then we must remove all history books and other books from around the slavery time period from our school systems. I have no desire to defend slavery or racism but we must overlook things to a point. This is REALITY face it! Don't get mad over the past just do all you can to keep it from happening again... If someone out there disagrees with the book because Twain was white then dont picture him as what he is... does that change anything? I think the book was a good critical analysis of freedom (or the illusion of freedom) with or with out the "racial slurs." If someone has a problem with the book DONT READ IT!!!! As for me I will not support banning the book and I would not only read it again but would get my friends, family, and future children to read it for themselves...
  • Hammer (View Email) on April 27, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    Those of you that are outraged by the "n-word" in this book, how do you feel about it in rap music? And before you say "It's not the same thing," don't bother. Both are portraying an aspect of culture.
  • twinkle bells (View Email) on May 7, 2007 at 8:41 AM
    i love the book i mean i absoluty love it even my mommy loves it to i dont think it shouldy be banned that trazy talk its jus a wastenen of their timenen
  • umph (View Email) on May 8, 2007 at 1:23 PM
    Alli is right you all need to det a life. ppl build a bridge and get over it. its not that important. if you dont like the book dont read it. i personally enjoyed the book. n-word and all. and im black
  • Chelsea (View Email) on May 8, 2007 at 11:44 PM
    Although the book was well written I do believe it should be banned. After reading the book and participating in a mock trial I feel that the book should be chosen to read on a personal level. Derogatory terms seems to be the number once issue. Yeah, there's also a controversy why ban the book if there's nothing being done about derogatory terms in music towards certain races, groups, ethnicities, and sexes. That's a totally different level. You aren't encouraged or "forced" to listen to the music thatdegrades certain people yet in school you are required as a junior to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and participate in the acitivites that follow. The banning of this book is within school districts, not on a national level. To resolve the conflict, one should read the book in their own time if they reallywant to.
  • Zeus (View Email) on May 10, 2007 at 10:26 AM
    this book can be dull at times but still a must have book. I just recently got done with it and must say that a times it did drag on. But over all it spoke the truth on slavery and how people thought back then. so i must say twain got how they thought and acted back in 1884 cause he was there and has an opinon un like us that wernt there.
  • Leonidas (View Email) on May 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    Huckleberry Finn is a good book and should not be banned. The book is a bit racy but that is the way people talked in the past, if you don't want to read the book then don't . This Book shows how people can change and grow and is generally an educational book.
  • John (View Email) on May 18, 2007 at 1:03 PM
    I can understand both sides of the argument, but i feel that this book shows people how it happend during that time. I feel that the book should not be banned from school.
  • Laura on August 30, 2007 at 4:55 PM
    Oh no! Not the "n-word"!!! Seriously, who cares?
  • mark (View Email) on October 27, 2007 at 11:15 PM
    erm. i am black. i kind of care about the "n" word.
  • Jennifer Jones (View Email) on November 5, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    Huck Fin and the world history are the same because whether we like it or not there was slavery ...of all kinds ...the Indians were slaves the African’s were slaves, the white trash were slaves and in foreign countries other denominations were enslaved this day slavery is among us ...its just not spoken about as much. We all need to learn from Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington; and many others from history that no matter what the war is if we come to gather as a nation and realize harsh civilization has been upon everyone of us in the past ...than we will start to rebuild one nation under GOD! God is apart of everything this country was built on and should not be destroyed.

    Jennifer Jones
  • Tucker (View Email) on November 13, 2007 at 8:25 PM
    I Being a student and recently reading the novle agree that there is nothing wrong with The book. If there are those who individualy do not want to read this book I am shure any kind teacher would assign them a difforant book. That does not mean that it should be banned from the whole school. This is our past and reading the book is no difforannt than History class. We learn the same things any way. Its all going to come up soner or later. Why not learn it an a more intresting but educational way. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" should not be banned from schools.
  • yo momma (View Email) on November 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    this book is the best to bann it will be like throwing a inesent man off of a 30,000 story building!!
  • babygurl (View Email) on November 27, 2007 at 1:47 PM
    i dont think it should be banned, i like it and i feel as thought if u no your this things dot worry about it
  • Homie (View Email) on November 27, 2007 at 2:36 PM
    Hick finn is a good book but just because it has the 'n' word doesn't mean that it should be banned. The book is a little boring if you think hard enough, and the way Twain wrote the book is hard to understand, but other wize the book is a great read. The 'n' word use still in wide usage in Twain's time and to critasize him for should useage of the 'n' word is not his falt. It wasn't bad then but it is now. to censer the book or ban it would jeperdize Twain's work. It's his work and his work shouldn't be hamperd with.
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  • april on November 30, 2007 at 8:55 PM
    my english teacher told me that i had to write an essay if we think thast huck fin should be banned or not. i said i think that it should not be banned!! The mark dude said that he was black and kind of cared about the N-word. well mark i hate to tell but one it is a part of history, two there are black people that say the "N-WORD", but ya don't care..but if a white! person says it then all heck will break lose.really what is the difference in a black person saying the word and a white person saying it? i really dont see anty difference. i had a black person call me a honky redneck. and how did that person know that it wasnt offense to me. if some black person sont like WHITE people say the N-WORD, then to tell the truth i dont like black people calling us white folk honkys, cracker, redneck, and country! now tell me the truth what do u think about that~!! and please dont take this the wrong way..i am just saying my opinion! it still is a free country! =)
  • Chris H (View Email) on December 5, 2007 at 7:57 AM
    Wow. This has got quite a few people going huh?
    The book is a masterpiece of literacy and satire, the satire mainly concerning racist racial prejudices and beliefs. (Means it makes fun of the rednecks who can't recognize African-Americans as people.)
    One of the main points of the book is that through experiences with Jim, Huck sees his humanity.
    About the "n-word", yes it is a terrible word and should never be said, that being said the book MUST USE the "n-word" in order to show us how hurtful and wrong the use of the word IS.
    To ban or edit Twain's masterpiece would be to destroy a brilliantly written anti-racist work.
    Would we ban the reading of Marthin Luther King's passionate anti-racist speeches?
    Book shouldn't be banned people, the people its hurting are just plain ignorant to see the true meaning of the story.
  • Alexis on December 6, 2007 at 2:19 AM
    I'm currently reading this book and thought I would leave a comment too. While I understand that some African-American students may see the use of the "N-word" as demeaning to them, I don't see exactly how they make the connection to themselves when it's written in a book like Huck Finn. Twain specifically put it in there because that was the true dialogue back in that specific time era, and those students shouldn't feel insulted by history. That's how life was back then, and you can't change it. Mark Twain didn't put the "N-Word" in the book because he hated "Blacks" and wanted to insult them, he made it as accurate as he could and I think that it shouldn't bother any student to read it. You have to understand that this is how it was, it's a glimpse of what life WAS like, and how much we've grown since then. Racism still exists, but we have more respect for other ethnicities now then we did in Huck's time. Banning this book because of it's language is even more ridiculous then trying to ban slavery from the history books.
  • jack (View Email) on December 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    huck finn is the best book ever!!!!

  • Perry (View Email) on December 11, 2007 at 11:15 PM
    I just finished doing a debate on this in my class...
    Okay, so for all you black people in the audience:
    Yes, I do get offended when people use the n-word, although I am not black it is still a derogatory term that is way too overused in today's society.
    But the truth of the matter is, in the 19th century, when Twain wrote this book, the n-word was not even thought of to be as derogatory, the meaning was forgotten and it was thrown around to identify black people. It was not considered to be offensive again until the civil rights movement a little over 100 years later. Also, the term and everything else that seems racist in the book is accurately portraying the reality of the time period.If people ban this book, it is taking away the exposure of the harsh reality of the time and people will be exposed to the fluffed up versions in textbooks. This book helps prepare people for the harshest realities in the world, such as racism, war, politics, religion, etc. It teaches a valuable lesson to teenagers.
  • John (View Email) on January 2, 2008 at 6:04 PM
    Hi, I read this book as junior in high school and I would just like to say that I learned a lot from this book. It really showed me what it was probably like back then. I did not even think about the naughty language it had and it doesn't bother me to this day. Its not like it's in my fluent language or anything so I honestly could say that I don't think this boook should be banned.
  • Jack Miha (View Email) on January 10, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    My Favorite part of this book was not only the great use of satire but also the use of the word nigger.
  • Vorian Atreides (View Email) on January 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM
    I am also reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" for my class. I am a Sophomore in High School I have to write an essay on why this book should or shouldn't be banned or censored. I do not think it should, it is an educational book which can be used in many educational debates about of countries history. As I said, this book is true in that the "n" word was used often in the 1840's. Our history, no matter how painful it may be, cannot be changed. Plus, this book was written by one of America's most famous authors, every word he uses in the book has a special meaning. Changing the book in any way will change the meaning and interpretation of the book. For any other questions or help on this essay, feel free to contact me.
  • Megan Thorne on January 26, 2008 at 8:02 PM
    "I don't think that this book should be banned. It's ridiculus. I think that the language is bad but we learn from our mistakes. We should have the chance to know and understand that we(Americans)used to talk liked that and be racist. Besides everyone now uses the N-word as a part of their everyday vocabulary. It is a great book and it should not be banned from public use."
  • Bryan Torres (View Email) on February 11, 2008 at 10:53 PM
    yea... i got stuck reading this book for my ap lang. comp class at my high school. i could really care less if twain did use the ever so popular word nigger. he put that word in there for a reason and it was to give the reader 100 years from now an idea of the intense racial discrimination at that time. even though it does have nigger through out the book, most of the book is about a white boy who is trying to help free a black slave. now honestly, how dumb do you have to be to say that a novel that was written about a century ago should be banned. it was written in the time frame of high discremination so get over it. if you dont want to read the word nigger then just use
  • BLAH on February 20, 2008 at 1:51 PM
    HEY did you know that if you don't like the book that you don't have to read it!?!? HELLO!! who cares its just a book and if you dont like it then get over it and don't read it!Like OMG YES it is that simple!
  • Kris (View Email) on February 29, 2008 at 2:33 PM
    i choose to remain neutral.
  • Becky M. (View Email) on March 3, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    I am a Senior in highschool and came across this while doing research as to why the book should not be banned. I have read every comment and have to say that you all helped me with my side of the debate to not ban this book. i know it has been said a thousand times but i'll say it for good measure...IT WAS THE WAY THEY TALKED. If it offends you then dont read it. ask your teacher if you could read another book. if they wont let you them you can get all flustered but that is the only time i think it is justified. to many people this book is something they grew up with. something taht taught them to respect the other race by seeing that we are all the same. If any book is to be baned then it should be any book about baning books...if that made any sence. the point is that this was the first book of it's kind. the first one to really be writen the way people speek. and to do anything ot it or change it in any way would be as bad as blowing your nose on the Constitution in my opinion.
  • Bobby Everteen (View Email) on March 14, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    • berry on January 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM
      ok first of all the book is really good, well of the 7 chapters iv read so far. and i dont think its racist even though im black. but the way you put the "n" word was just down right racist!!!
  • david (View Email) on April 21, 2008 at 7:05 PM
    This book is pointless.Lame.
  • Sevil (View Email) on April 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM
    Enslavement is used too lightly in the novel also it degrades African Americans. I hate the poor lanquage the uneducated african americans and even whites its sad they should have been taught. The book though, at least to me sucked and was boring and Huck and Jim are nothing but dullard flibbergibbits! I prefur better speech in a more elegant way. If anything the book Angels & Demons by Dan Brown should be required reading it really questions religion same with Davinci Code.
  • Khue (View Email) on May 1, 2008 at 7:54 AM
    Huckleberry Finn should not be banned.

    If teachers don’t think that students can handle the N word, then they evidently do not perceive the students to be mature enough to handle crude language. The students use words similar to the N word (if not to that degree) in everyday language. The word makes the book more genuine, as that was how people talked when there was slavery and much more racism. Without the word, the book would not be realistic. It shows how Huckleberry was raised, how he doesn’t know any better.
  • Ali Nasser (View Email) on May 11, 2008 at 11:46 PM
    I am also reading this book in my lang class and just want to touch up on some things.....this book a little racist to us in the 21st century but if you think about it..this book was written about a century or more ago and they were grown with this racism as the Norm in their society...i think you should READ the entire book and you would find out that this book is not all that racist, its acually about a white boy who cares for his friend (a black man) and helps him escape from slavery. so if you read this and are like all the other ignorant people who complain about the language, then just close the book and put it back. its not that difficult to say no.
  • SENIOR 09' MONIQUE GONZLAEZ (View Email) on June 11, 2008 at 2:19 PM
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  • Matt (View Email) on August 27, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    it would seem that this is a pretty one sided argument, but everyone proves a very good point. it is true that this book does use the n word alot, and some people are offended by it. but that shouldn't have to be a cause for it it to be banned from schools. i will admit that the book did confuse me at time, but its still an amazing book. i fully support not banning this book from public schools.

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  • Mark Twain (View Email) on September 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM
    THIS IS NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE AND RACIAL SLURS...IT'S BECAUSE OF THE LESSONS TAUGHT THROUGHOUT THE STORY! TOM AND HUCK GET INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE AND HATE SOCIETY AND THE WAY IT WORKS...SLAVERY IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF ONE WAY HUCK DISOBAYS SOCIETY. So yes, the language and racial slurs is somewhat inappropriet, but if you look at it, in 1885 those were normal terms and beliefs, but what wasn't normal was a young man going against society. I don't believe the book should be BANNED, but students should become aware that Tom and Huck don't always make the right decisions, and that the racial slurs were acceptable during that time.
  • Emma (View Email) on December 2, 2008 at 4:15 PM
    Silly, silly people. If you honestly think there are children (of ages 14 and up) who would actually attempt any of the stunts pulled by Huck and Tom then you are sadly mistaken. It's a good story and they are supposed to be young boys who have no respect for authority which, let's face it, is fairly accurate when talking about boys their age. And yes it does use the N-word, but the profanity in many other "classic novels" is much worse. If you find it offensive, DON'T READ IT! Don't deprive everyone else from the ability to read it.
  • Dubby (View Email) on December 16, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    the biggest problem that we're finding about this book in our high school american literature class is the fact that it IS historically accurate. today's high school students would take more from a book that they could directly relate too and while i agree that this is a fantastic novel the relation to today's teens simply cannot be found.

  • simply the best (View Email) on March 11, 2009 at 10:22 PM
    this book is terrible it sucks
  • james reeser (View Email) on March 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    i think this book was a very slow slow book to get into but once i got into it i thought it was a very good book! Yes i agree at first it sounds racist but i think its just a young boy that was raised to act no other way and thats the language he grew up with. You come to figure out through the book that Huck actually starts to care about the black people and actually thinks that blacks are just like whites. The only difference is their skin color. so i think this book should NOT be banned from schools!!!!!!!!!!
  • April (View Email) on April 1, 2009 at 9:48 AM
    i bet the majority of people saying it should be banned are non-blacks.
    • leah (View Email) on August 3, 2009 at 1:43 PM
      they probably are.
      white people are more cautious about racist stuff
      than black people are.
      i actually just read an article saying that
      an almost all black school didn't want to ban huck finn
      on account of it's historical accuracy.
      the students loved the book.
      • nikki on February 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM
        non-white kids or people are always ready to jump on a white kid if they say ANYTHING. and no, white people dont care either way, banned or not, well i dont. and in MY school, the majority of people saying it should be banned, are black kids because of the main reason, in the audio it sounds liek that its a white guy reading it, and a black kid in my class even said "i dont wanna hear the audio just because i dont wanna hear a white man saying the n-word"
  • some guy (View Email) on April 3, 2009 at 9:26 AM
    We need to stop hiding our shameful past. Pretending that people in the 19th century didn't use the n-word a lot won't make it that way. one quote from a favorite book series of mine reminds me of what's going on here "Some people would rather deny a hard truth than face it."
  • Shaniqua Johnson (View Email) on April 17, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    Im black....
  • jon on August 18, 2009 at 11:33 PM
    I think it should be banned just because it is so boring
  • Forrest-Emo on November 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM
    This Book Shouldn't Be Banned Because Of A Freaking Word..It Was Common For The Time Being.
  • Interestingly Bored on December 12, 2009 at 10:50 PM
    If anything this novel heightens the black population whereas it criticizes the ignorance of southern white society. The use of racism is necessary to show the white ignorance of the day. Although the surface may seem offensive to some, if you uncover the deeper message Twain is trying to send then you will realize the novel's true beauty.
  • Anna on December 15, 2009 at 7:17 PM
    Its amazing how people think this book is racist just because of the "n-word". how is it a racist book? back in mark twains day, thats the word they used, meant as their slave. yes i agree, they did at times use it against african americans. but mark twain married an abolishionist! it shouldnt be banned. its a perfect coming of age book, not only is it an historical fiction.
  • im da bomb i have a life (View Email) on December 20, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    the language is unaccceptable. i say ban this book. lol
    • nikki on February 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM
      the only reason why, is probably because your a black kid and think its alright for you to say nigger but because a white guy writing a book, it should be banned. Hypocrite.
  • disgusted at idiots (View Email) on January 15, 2010 at 1:01 AM
    God isn't it just great seeing all of these spelling errors and such from people that are arguing a point. Makes it so much easier to read, and no this book shouldn't be banned. If you think it should, go buy a copy and then burn it and your doing all you can, if you aren't going to do that then shut the hell up because some people enjoy the book your trying to get taken away. Look at the title page inside the book and you will see that Twain specifically says that there is no plot, moral, or message he is trying to get across in Huckleberry Finn. To the person who said the language is unacceptable, yes it is unacceptable, but only to people who are in Preschool, so quit whining because no one cares if it offends you.
  • EDDY C (View Email) on January 28, 2010 at 8:29 PM
    This book shouldn't be banned. What would be accomplished by having this booked banned anyway? The word "nigger" will never go away.
  • wawawa... on February 10, 2010 at 12:04 AM
    yeah it will!!!!!!!!!
    just kidding
    having this book to be bans meant that students doesn't have to be force to read it anymore.
    So now they could or not choose to read the book ( which i doubt if anyone will)
    Because they already knew about racism, the only thing that i would think they would be interesting in is the adventure
  • Nikki on February 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM
    this book was kinda boring, people in most public schools are ignorant and dont want to hear the truth about the past and at the same time want/ will get a reason to complain and still say oh white people cant say that. well i think what kind of right do they have? the jews had it worse.
  • Samantha (View Email) on February 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    I have to read and do an assignment over Huck Finn for AP english. I think shool's should be aloud to read this book. It helps us understand the enviorment and how people were back in the old days. People say the 'N' word all the time. Back then it was a different meaning then it is used as today....
    • Hope (View Email) on March 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM
      Im a freshman in high school and doing a research paper on this... Basically Twain is using the n-word to show the level of racism and segregation during this time period. If that word was taken out of the book then the meaning behind the book wouldn't be as strong. He is using satrical criticism to show how rediculous it was to have slavery, he didi this so we may learn from our mistakes from the past and move forward in a direction with less violence and more tolerance.
  • andy on March 15, 2010 at 9:47 AM
    this book sucks
  • Teacher on March 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM
    Copying the writing on here does not make it your own. I have students who have plagiarized this website and will receive a zero and disciplinary action.
    • get a life on March 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM
      dont be so harsh on them
  • Staci on April 20, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    I don't think it should be banned, but I do think that it shouldn't be required until a certain age to be read. My boyfriends little brother is in 3rd grade and they are reading the FULL version of this book, unedited.
    • nlk on August 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM
      i definitely agree. i just had to read it and i'm a junior in high school. and i think that 16 should probably be around the minimum age people read it.
  • that black chickk on April 22, 2010 at 11:10 PM
    i'm black. this is ridiculous how people ban this stuff. r-i-d-i-c-u-l-o-u-s! just like I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T! hahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahhhhahahahaahahhahahahhaha
    • katwilliams on May 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM
      omg wow i can't believe you just took the time to write all this, hahaha.
      do you have a life? ...........i think NOT!
  • Alex K. (View Email) on May 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM
    @ Katwilliams, You are the one spending time to reply to his/her idiocracy.
    - I am currently doing a report on this as well. All I have to say is that the book needs to be read its part of our 'HISTORY' and history itself. especially, our history is not the prettiest one. but, its important to learn how generations before us have acted and been treated.
  • Cid Netto (View Email) on May 27, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    I am doing a short essay about if it should be required or not to ready "Huckleberry Finn".
    It should not be MANDATORY, this is a story with a lot of bad words.
    Althought it should be a book put in the OPTIONAL list.
    Some people take that book as an offense. It should not. It is part of the history. It should be optional, because some people read it and take it the wrong way. Some people are not mature enough to understand it.
    I am not against it neither in favor of the book. I am indeed in favor of keeping the book as an optional extra credit project or so for Juniors or Seniors in high school.
    It is always good to know history but some history better not be told to young and not yet mature individuals.
    *Any replys send to my email.
    **English is my second language, so do not mock me for any incorret statements. Those are my personal opinions about this discussion.™
  • Grandessa (View Email) on July 1, 2010 at 7:01 AM
    Wow, this discussion started in 2005, five years later, we're still talking about it. Lovin' it. Huck Finn-- untamed.
  • Emily (View Email) on August 19, 2010 at 7:39 AM
    I have to write a "brochure" on Huck listing the pros and cons and why it was banned and if I think it should be and all this crap. It has really controlled my entire summer. :P
  • Sandy (View Email) on September 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM
    does anyone know of any schools that actually banned the book?
  • Awesome One on January 11, 2011 at 4:47 PM
    It should be allowed in all schools. The story is not real
  • greetings from Latvia on January 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM
    I do hope that all Americans are not so stupid... it would be very sad to know that Americans are afraid of their own history, and of their own literature.
  • English Nerd (View Email) on January 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM
    This is a good book guys and this will be used for my papers
  • mikka on February 9, 2011 at 4:53 AM
    Honestly, I am arguing the opposing argument for this because I am forced to in a Comm class.
    But a lot of african american kids are actually really offended when they read Huck Fin, also they have said that it changes the perspective of the class and could lead to ostracising in classrooms. Maybe the problem is the way it is taught. If taught improperly, it could lead some students to misconstrue the use of "nigger" as something completely acceptable. If kids only grab the superficial or are not set up properly, introduced to the material and the context of the book, then this can easily happen.
    Also, maybe the age range it is taught isn't properly assigned. That's the main purpose of the book ban. Not to limit rights, but to present information in a way that will actually be beneficial. There is an argument that the school is not the best location to do this, especially if not done properly. As I said, it could lead to unfair treatment. We talk about the degree of education and how it should be beneficial to all. Unfortunately, we do live in the real world, and not all children are able to handle information as well as others. Sadly.
    Also, I believe that the book ban can be used properly. When a book is banned, it is removed from the curriculum, but it is against the law, as ordered by the Supreme Court, that it should be removed from the library. That way, it can become a more personalized approach: As in, when you are ready to handle that information, take your time and read it. Information about the past of your own country is not withheld, it is present to those who want it and those whose guardian/parent believes that it is the proper time for their kids to be exposed to this information. Yes, you say we are already exposed to bad things in the media. But all that is delegated to the parents to discipline and handle their kids. So in that sense, parents, who know their kids better, should be able to say when their kids are ready to be exposed to this material, especially in a REQUIRED fashion, as would be if it was in the curriculum.
    Those are some good arguments, in my opionion.
    The system itself is a good one, if a book is challenged, then 4 things may happen. Either it will get assigned to another grade, it may get special regulations to the way it will get introduced in class, challenge might get dropped entirely, or the ban would be placed in effect school-wide.
    In this way, we can actually monitor how this stuff is being taught. Its a sensitive issue to most people, even if it isn't to you. The truth is hard to learn, and it is even harder in an environment where you feel so disconnected from your peers. Children want to belong, and its already hard enough to do that in school. By assigning it to an older population of kids, you have a better chance of not letting this happen, for information to be taken in properly, so that the real learning objective is captured. Also, if you have special regulations to the way it is presented in class, then this would further eliminate the chances of children misunderstanding the concepts. Ground-work is important in discussing certain books. Specially satirical and controversial as this one.
    Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Its just randomly arranged right now, but if anyone thinks up something please let me know! i would love to strengthen this argument.
    The bad part of it is the bad connotation of "book bans" and the amount of illiterate people who question books <_< honestly, it gives the right to challenge books for public school curricula a bad name, even though the idea for the system in place is good.
  • jordan (View Email) on February 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM
    i am doing this project also!
  • THE BACK GIRL on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 AM
    i think using the n-word 219 times in one book is a little too much. Honestly you guys dont know what we have to go threw hearing that word so many times. i think reading this book in school opens up more oppurtunitys to get teased and laught at. im not just saying that, its happened to me with teachers and inmature students(even though the majority of people at my school are white rednecks).yes i know that H- Finn shows the way people were in the 1800 but dont we learn that in history. all of you guys should put your self in my shoes,its not just the word its the history behind it. if H-Finn had a decreased amount of n-words then yes i wold except it.

    if we cant use the word in school then why read it...
  • ... on March 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM
    OK... first off, you can't use the N-word in school? Wow, when did that happen? Secondly, have you read any of the above comments? I'm sorry that your offended by the use of the word in this book. I am also sorry that the people at your school are stupid insensitive red-necks, but this book is an American classic. It should not be banned, we should and can't erase history. Those who don't know history are those who repeat it.
  • Moone Peezie (View Email) on March 15, 2011 at 2:19 PM
    im gay
  • Star on April 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    i do not think this book should be banned. yes it has racial language and a few cuss words but we all hear them eventually. its not like anyone can keep us from hearing those words. we use them in everyday life most of the time yet when we read them on paper people get furious about it. its like your being a hyporcite or something saying that authors shouldnt write things like that yet you use it at home, at school, at work, with friends, etc. the point of Twains book was to show the racism during slavery and how things were back then. you cant get all hissy pissy because thats how things were and he's trying to show you that. why ban a really good book because it says something that you don't like? We all don't like things but that doesn't mean we should ban it.
  • XxSuicidexX (View Email) on April 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    I belive the book " The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Should eb taught in public schools because it can teach you about how African Americans were treated. I dont understand why people would want it banned. I belive it was a very good book. Mark Twain I belive was not a racist man, he was just trying to show how people in that time treated the African Americans. I also belive that there is still racism going on today. Whether is be because of skin color or race or even how you dress or act. I hope that our school does not ban this book. Whom ever does want it baned it dumb. Who cares if it has fow language or the " N " Word. If some one is affended then leave the class, I myself Loved the book and wish that people would not ban it.
  • sparticus on April 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM
    i think it shouldnt be banned. yes it is a terrible word to use, but if you read the book mark twain is not at all using it in a derrogatory way. he is using it because that is how they talked back then. i know that the word is bad, but the book is undeniably a classic and should remain part of the cirriculum. besides, if you read the book, huck is the lest racist one in the novel. he says that word just because that is what he grew up around. he doesnt say it to be racist
  • Rachael (View Email) on December 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM
    i need help i have to write a persuasive reasearch paper on if The adventure of huckleberry finn sould be taught in school. if some one could help me come up with an idea or something that be great!!!
  • Wow there is alot of comments :) on February 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    It shouldnt be banned :)
  • LJ johnson on March 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM
    Eating KFC
  • Bob (View Email) on March 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM
    eating chicken
  • hazel (View Email) on May 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM
    i think that more schools should have there kids read this book because it gives us a little peace of history. like it shows how people talked back then and how things were. this is a funer way to read about the past insted of reading the History books.
  • Unknown on November 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM
    Anyone who actually likes this book and appreciate it, you are are all a bunch of morons and disrespectful jerks.
    • Anonymously (View Email) on March 15, 2015 at 2:15 PM
      How are they the jerk if anything you are for saying that.
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