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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 HIS 15 MINUTES IS OVER

It is Saturday morning, and I’ll be watching the news all day to see if Pastor Dude in Florida will carryout his threat to burn the Koran. He has said he will not burn the Koran, so maybe he realizes his 15 minutes of fame is over.

But man, I dont trust no publicity hound like Pastor Dude, so the Philosopher of Common Sense will be keepin a close eye on him. Okay, I know I caint do nothing bout it ifn he changes his mind and burns the Koran. But hey, I’m a real  American and I will exercise my right to speak out against intolerance.

As far as burning the Koran sparking violence gainst our troops and American citizens round the world, them mad terrorist, militants, insurgents, whatever you want to call ’em killing folks anyway, even other Muslims.

And let me leave youall with this thought: not all Muslims or followers of Islam are terrorist. Hell, most are just ordinary folks, kinda like you and me.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS ANOTHER WAR WE LOSING

For 40 years or so, the US has been fighting a losing war against drugs, and it is another war no one wishes to admit is being lost. I read in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel recently that over the 40 years, the drug war has cost 1 trillion dollars. Man, that is a one with a lotta zeros behind it.

According to the story in the newspaper, “Records indicate marijuana and prescription drug abuse are climbing, while cocaine use is way down.” Man, the Feds are grabbing more drugs than ever, yet they aint cut down on use. Demand and supply, baby, that’s what is workin in the drug trade.

Every time I read bout the police seizing so many pounds of weed, I just wait, and sure enough, in a few weeks out comes a report showing drugs still traveling north from down in Texas or somewhere.

But help may be on the way, for you see, the DEA is looking for folks who can interpret ebonics. What is ebonics, you may ask? Well, some say it is Black English and is a separate language. I be Black and I aint never heard no ebonics. Anyway, the DEA feels it needs interpreters to translate conversations heard on wiretaps. The speakers, apparently, are speaking ebonics.

Me, I think them drug dealers are just speaking in code cause they know The Man is listening.

I aint no expert, but it do seem to me that to win this here war on drugs, you got to stop demand.

But ifn you want a job and can speak ebonics, by all means apply to the DEA. Hey, maybe you’ll help make a dent in the drug war.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT STILL STINGS

Well, youall, there’s another big to-do bout a nationally known personality using the “N-word.” Anybody who listens to the radio talk shows and who follows blogs know what I’m talking bout.

Relationship advice giver, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, talking to a Black woman whose husband is white bout the husband’s friends using the word “nigger,” (Okay, so I used the “N-word”) suggested that the woman might be too sensitvity and should let it go. In explaining her reasoning, Dr. Schlessinger said “nigger, nigger” but not in a derogatory way.

We who are sensitive to the “N-word” must also consider the context. Dr. Schlessinger was right when she said Black comedians use it and we Blacks, especially men, use it among ourselves. Her point was, I think, that the word has lost its sting through use.

What she missed is while we may use it among ourselves, coming out of the mouth of a White person, or any non-black person, the word has a different connotation, a negative meaning.

The point I want to make to her is the word still stings because those White folks who use it mean me and mine no good. They want scare us like the Klan did in the old days.

My advice to the Black wife: smack one of them friends upside the head with a rolling pin. Let ’em know that this is the 21st century and you dont allow use of bad language in your house.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS KNEE JERK REACTION ALWAYS WRONG

By now, youall have read bout and heard bout the Black female employee at the Agriculture Department being fired after a snippet of a video showing her as a racist was aired by Fox news.

As I see, them right wing bully boys and Fox News got the Obama people right where they wants them. They can pull that knee jerk string anytime and them folks in the Administration jump.

I mean you been burned once or twice (you know the ACORN thing) and you fell for it again. Man, if it comes from Fox News, it is bad, and you should stop and get the full story, you know, get the facts.

Naw, stead of gettin the facts you fall for the right-wing bully boy trying to one-up the NAACP cause they reveal racist among the Tea Party by showing on his website the snippet of a video that he claim showed Blacks just as racist as White folks. Without checking, bloggers and Fox news grabbed what was on the video and took off with.

I expect them to run with whatever embarrasses Obama but the NAACP! Man, the lady gave the speech to some of its members at a gathering. So, why did they come at first condemning her?

Everybody is fraid of being called a racist that they just give knee jerk reactions to any crap they see on the Internet without checking where it came from.

Them folks what Obama got workin for him supposed to be some smart folks, and yet, the right wing bullies just keep on pulling that knee jerk string on them.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON WANTS NAACP TO TAKE ACTION

Why do groups such as legislatures and the NAACP pass resolutions agreeing or condemning something? It is an exercise in futility and a sign of weakness, though it may make them appear to their devotees to be doing something. Anybody who reads the newspapers and sees videos on the Internet knows that there are racists in the Tea Party.

Instead of passing a resolution condemning the presence of racists and racists signs and rhetoric in the Tea Party, The NAACP should counter their words and actions with words and actions of its own. Start voter drives to get people to the voting booth to defeat Tea Party supported candidates and come up with other ideas that will show how dangerous some of the signs and rhetoric are.

Some of the members of the Tea Party are not “real Americans” because in their America only White folks are permitted.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS GIVE THE BLACK REPUBLICANS A BREAK

Growing up in the segregated society of East Tennessee, my friends, classmates, and I were taught that we always had to be on our best behavior in public because any negative behavior would reflect on all Negroes in America. In other words, we were not to express ideas with which the majority of Blacks did not agree.

I have never felt comfortable not being able to express ideas that went against what Black leaders felt was right. Hey, man, you’d be called “uncle Tom” and few other names.

I don’t know if the post-racial society has arrived with the election of a Black President, but certainly this election cycle has seen an increase in Black candidates participating in the Republican primaries. According to the New York Times, at least 32 African Americans are running for congress as Republicans. Three of them are in the south and have won the primaries in South Carolina’s First Congressional District; in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District; and, a real surprise, in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.

The brothers may not win in the general election. No matter, they have proven, as did Obama, White folks will vote for a Black candidate that has some of the same ideas about government, etc as they do.

We don’t have to think in lockstep because we’re Black. Such thinking is defeatist because it means we are unwilling to face different ideas, especially ideas we feel White folks have even when the ideas have nothing to do with race, and may benefit all citizens.

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