In a county here in East Tennessee not to far from my county of Knox, a woman glanced out her front door and saw the cops arresting her brother. She was, to say the least, pissed. After giving the cops a piece of her mind, she shut the front door, turned her rear to the window in the door, and dropped her drawers. For this mooning, the next day she later joined her brother in jail.
Some folks just plain do stupid things. Now I ask you, what did she think mooning the cops would accomplish?
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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One of the best weapons against terrorists, homegrown or foreign, is the alertness of us citizens. We have been very lucky so far this year that citizens recognized and took action against two would-be bombers. The latest incident involving a Pakistan-American citizen also showcased the quick action of the New York police and federal authorities, despite some mistakes, in apprehending the suspect after a citizen reported to an officer that he had seen smoking coming from a parked car in Times Square.
What bothers me is why American citizens of Middle Eastern descent attack America. Both the the Army base killer and the car bomber are US citizens. Neither of them seemed to be poor and both apparently had done well as US citizens. Yet, they chose to bite the hand that fed them. I find it hard to believe it was entirely due to Islamic ideology when they could look around them and see that the radical ideology of some islamists is not true about America.
We are not perfect. We are not as some want to claim exceptional. We are still a nation trying to figure out who we are. Some want to go against some of our most cherished values in fighting terrorism. They want to take away the citizenship of anyone who is accused of an act of terrorism even before they have been convicted. Why do they want to do this? To deprive the suspect of the basic American right not to talk to authorities without a lawyer.
And let us not forget the brouhaha over torture.
The threat of terrorism, it seems, has made some us lose our minds.
All them blogs and newspaper and magazine articles bout Professor and the police say if the professor had been white, there wouldn’t have been a problem.
Well, now, right here in my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, a police officer acted rather foolishly, and the victim was white!
We dont have the officer’s side of the story yet, so you have to take the story with that old grain of salt. As reported in the newspaper, a neighbor called the police to report children fighting at another neighbor’s house. When the cops showed, according to the woman who lived at the house where the boys were supposedly fighting, the officer stood a 7-year-old boy against a fence and handcuffed him. The boy kept yelling “Mama,” calling the woman who had taken care of him for many years.
She said the officer cursed in front of the children, and she was afraid to say anything because she didn’t know what the officer might do to her.
According to the police department, there is no policy against cuffing children but there is on the use of profanity and dealing with the public.
I wonder what the officer expected the 7-year-old could do if he didn’t handcuff him? Maybe he was trying to teach him a lesson, you think.
Alvin, the philosopher of common sense says some of them policemens need a little common sense. Maybe it oughta be given them in the police academy.