r/interestingasfuck - Better than erasing it

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Huckleberry Finn sometimes gets criticized for its use of the N-word along with depictions of slavery, but if anything, it’s a strongly anti-racist book. It shows the growth of Huck as he comes to view Jim as more than a slave but as a man. And thus how inhumane slavery is.

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The only people who get upset about that stuff are people who want to disregard context in order to be offended and gain attention.

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Huckleberry Finn sometimes gets criticized for its use of the N-word along with depictions of slavery

People are fucking stupid. Do they wanna pretend racism never existed? It is great how the books shows what it was like and helps the reader develop empathy for someone who has to experience racism and discrimination

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Ah yes because depicting racism makes a story racist

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Doesn’t that make it historically accurate?

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For the period during which he lived, Samuel Clemens was relatively liberal.

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I wonder if these same people get mad at To Kill a Mockingbird for the racism depicted therein. Like Harper Lee literally grew up in a neighborhood just like the one she wrote about, she knew what the fuck she was talking about.

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It’s a bit of a thorny issue

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It also fuels the people who pretend like literally everyone before a certain date (usually the 1960’s) was universally and equally racist.

It normalizes racism, if it was okay back then because “that’s just how people thought” then it can become that away again. Most people who believe that shit don’t believe it is really a problem anyways and secretly just want it to go back to it being “normal” and accepted so that they don’t have to “watch what they say around certain people”.

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Except for the dumpster-fire of ending of that book. It’s like an Olympic diver doing a reverse triple axle with a twist with perfect form but landing on the concrete.

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This. This is the answer. We should not try to erase the dark past, but instead learn from the history so that we may have a brighter future.

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Erasing a dark past only ensures you will not learn from it.

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I’ve always wondered what the answer to this type of thing is.

The original Little Rascals and Our Gang series have some stereotypes and false racial portrayals that would be controversial at best.

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However, we also don’t need to glorify it with dime a dozen UDOC statues in parks all over the county.