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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS LANGUAGE POLICE WON’T QUIT

I grew up hearing the word “nigger” from relatives and friends, but I knew when the word came out of the mouth of a White person, it was offensive and meant that person was probably a racist.

Still, I oppose eliminating the word from the dictionary, as some people advocated at one time.

Now a Mark Twain scholar and a publisher have joined forces to publish a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A new edition the American classic is always welcomed but not the edition they are publishing.

You see, the scholar replaces the word “nigger” with the word “slave” because nigger is hurtful and offensive. Apparently some parents and teachers have complained and some schools no longer teach the novel.

I wonder when the novel is taught using the word slave will the parents, teachers, and children be less offended and less hurt once they understand the history of slavery in America. Many White folks deny slavery through its absence in their ideas of their heritage. Replacing the word nigger with slave allows the White folks to say, as some have said in the past, slavery wasn’t so bad.

As for Black folks. I ask you will you be any less hurt reading the word “slave” knowing what the word entails.

The word “nigger” in “Huck Finn” is in keeping with the language of the time the novel depicts. Most important, “nigger” clearly emphasizes the way the nation saw Blacks—slaves and free blacks—in the 19th century and extending into the 21st.

To remove or replace words in a classic is crime against literature; to teach the new edition to young people is a sin against history.

 

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT’S FOOTBALL TIME

I know we in the middle of an election cycle. Them midterm elections coming up is causing a whole lotta lying and jiving.

Man, I say relax and watch some football. Down here in Knoxville, Tennessee, the drama of the University of Tennessee Vols football team continues, and I never tire of reading bout it.

At the end of last season, the newly hired coach just up and left and took his dream job in California coaching the University of Southern California Trojans. Man, a whole lotta folks was sho mad at the guy cause it done us wrong. He only stayed one season and then left us with a team still trying to find its way after the coach who had been here for a long time was fired.

I aint mad at the one season guy cause it just football, you know what I mean. Now with another new coach, I get to watch the drama of rebuilding the team cause, baby, he got a lotta freshmen and sophomores. Watching them Vols takes my mind off Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

I say its time to let all that serious stuff go and ifn you’re a real American, you’ll watch football cause that’s what real Americans do this time of year.

Oh yeah, I’m ready for some football.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS PROGRESS IN RACE MADE

You know things have changed slightly when we Black folks keep track of the first African American to something in various fields. I say slightly because the fact that we still track African American firsts is an indication we still have a ways to go for true progress.

In my Saturday Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, is a story about the hiring of Black head coaches at division 1 universities. According to the article, there are now eight, yes Virginia, 8 Black head coaches at the following schools: Kansas, Virginia, East Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Louisville, and Houston. Of course, some of these men will fail and some will succeed. My fear is, as always, that the schools where the coach may fail will never hire another Black, judging all Black coaches based on the failure of the one they hired. Still it is progress.

I have wondered often, why is it the major universities hired Black head basketball coaches with no problem but claimed, at least some did, that the fans and alumni wouldn’t accept a Black head football coach?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT’S A SHAME

I dont agree that college athletes should be paid. Hey, they’re student-athletes. But, man, give them a little money to go to the movies.

Paying student athletes is not what got the philosopher of common sense upset. No, sir. What got me upset is I read in the July 15 New York Times that some colleges and universities don’t have insurance and don’t pay the bill when an athlete is injured. Man, that poor kid and his parents are sometimes left with a big doctor’s bill.

That just aint right. If the athlete is injured while performing on the field or on the court, it seems to me the college (do colleges still exist?) or university oughta pay the doctor bill. Hey, I betcha if he or she is a star athlete, the college or university pays the bill, not out of generosity or cause it’s the right thing to do, but cause they want the athlete back on the field or court.

Course not all college and universities refuse to pay an athlete’s doctor bills. Them big schools do but woe to the athlete in them small schools.

Ifn my grandson wins an athletic scholarship, one of the things I plan to ask is do the school what he gon attend have medical insurance?

Them athletes what gon play professionally probably don’t have to worry, but that other 98%, now that got a problem if they injured.

It’s just a damn shame.

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