Mark Twain .

Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful book , Mark Twain wasn't shy when it came to using the N word . Then there's Agatha Christie's Ten Little N****** , set in N***** Island (ficticious) , off the coast of Devon , England . There wasn't any politically correct nonsense back when those books were written . Also , how can it be wrong to say n****r , but ok to say Nigeria ? A name change on the way , Nigeria ?

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  • Retired now but when I taught literature to mostly black high school students I explained the historical context and the good works that Mark Twain did for the black cause throughout his life. We read orally in class and whenever the word came up the black students would say it with exuberance shouting N**** Jim. We'd all chuckle and move on. We came to realize that Jim was the most true and noble person in the book. He was the only version of a real father Huck knew, yet he was seeking to find his wife and child in the ugly circumstances of slavery. Letting us know the unfair circumstances of black lives in history actually bonded the class because the depth of literary discourse opened doors to current racial views and all the students, now in their 50's still talk about the class when I happen to see them. It's really about the conversation and the ability to listen.

  • Are you black? I ask this because you have no idea what it was to be black then, nor what it is to be black now. That word isn't offensive because of its use in literature you moron, it is offensive because of the connotation given it by racists, prejudiced, and narrow minded ignorant bigoted people who committed and are still committing offenses whether blatant or hidden towards people simply because their skin tone is different.

  • You shouldn't been a teacher to black children.

  • Racist attitudes are a problem but.name calling is.absolutely harmless. We need to lighten up.
    Why today are we so offended by words.alone ?
    I have many Brutish born coloured friends and all have a sense of humour and frequently joke among ourselves using language that many now would find offensive because we're not allowed to have a sense of humour anymore.
    I'll often walk in the office and greet my friend with " Morning Paki '" or similar.
    Iqbal will reply " F*** off you white t***."
    It's a laugh we are good mates.
    Today I arrived to find my Irish boss James the office and greeted him with
    " Morning M***." to which he replied
    " Shut the f*** up or I'll put a bomb under your car , so I will !"
    When I was growing up we were taught
    " Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."
    I wonder which delicate little darling I've offended with this post ! We'll see !

  • I totally disagree with you. Name calling is not absolutely harmless. It is one thing to have permitted or excused fun with your friends or acquaintances than using an offensive word directed at a stranger. You are saying it is ok for someone to come up to you and your wife and call her a w**** in front of you without it bothering you. Nope, name calling does offend.

  • Politically correct moron. Like I said. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
    NOBODY can make me feel inferior without my permission.
    I know who I am and don't give a flying f*** what people think about me. Grow a pair you little girls blouse.

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