Stop the Censorship of Huck Finn!
  • Petitioned Randall Williams

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Randall Williams
Managing Editor
Brian Seidman
Suzanne La Rosa

Stop the Censorship of Huck Finn!

    1. Antonio Ramirez
    2. Petition by

      Antonio Ramirez

      Mexico DF, Mexico

Next month, Alabama-based NewSouth Book's will release a censored version of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn that will replace the word “nigger” with “slave” and “injun” with “Indian”.

This book is a troubling example of the whitewashing our nation's history and will do a disservice to our youth by denying them to opportunty to engage in mature conversations about race in America.

Let's tell NewSouth Books that students deserve better than a censored version of our nation's racial past, and that they should cancel the release of the censored Huck Finn.

Recent signatures


    1. Censoring Mark Twain and Our Nation’s Racial Past

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      In the United States, mature discussions of race and racism are rare. Instead of openly engaging with the complex ways in which all of us experience race everyday, Americans tend to shy away, calling themselves “colorblind”.
      A worrying example of...


    Reasons for signing

    • L M PINE, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you.

    • Angela Kirby SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      That is the point of this literature. To read and learn of a different time. It was acceptable usage at the time, and to say otherwise insults the author and the characters he was representing. Are you too afraid to face the past that you have to sanitize it all?


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