Removing "Nigger" From Huckleberry Finn Is Stupid

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Yes, the word "nigger" is offensive as hell. But it's in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn for a reason, and removing it is really stupid and counterproductive.

You don't teach people about history by self-censoring it. And Finn is one of the great works of American literature. Rather than run for the hills at the sign of controversy, we ought to be teaching students why the word is used in the book, and what its significance is.