Thanks to the intervention of one Dr. Alan Gribben, American kids will no longer be racist after reading Mark Twain\’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and timorous teachers will now feel comfortable assigning a book that once featured 219 instances (according to Gribben) of the word \”nigger.\” Gribben\’s new edition of Huckleberry Finn will excise all those bits that make people feel uncomfortable—because good literature never, ever makes people feel uncomfortable.
One of the most powerful pieces of the book is where Huck knows, absolutely and without doubt, that by helping the runaway slave (Jim?) he will lose his immortal soul.
Yet he helps him, despite his being both a runaway slave and a nigger, a man\’s a man, nigger or not, and thus worthy of being helped.
Take away the language and you take away the power of the point.