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-- growing controversy today over to American literary classics getting a major scrubbing.
New censored versions of mark twain's adventures of Huckleberry Finn and adventures of Tom Sawyer minus.
The racially insensitive dialogue are about to hit a bunch schools.
So is this a necessary change -- is that the PC police going too far.
Joining me now for a fair balanced debate.
Bishop Harry Jackson senior pastor of hope Christian church and chairman of the high impact leadership coalition.
And Fox News contributor to move green who's the former advisor to Hillary Clinton yeah.
Former president of the women's media center panel thank you so much for being here so what they've done is they've you they've removed the N word.
From these publications as law along with the word in -- Which was also used and and the critics.
Bishop had already come out and said its PC gone too far.
It wasn't that Mark Twain was a racist it was that he was writing about a racist society.
And and and and the evolution.
Of -- character and Huck -- ticket who starts out racist himself and then stops and then comes through it and you say what.
I say that it really is a good -- the way it's written I think we've gone too far.
This year politically we're going to be calling all Canon names -- and one another.
And I think we're getting too sensitive as a black person I want the next generation.
To understand what it was like to -- -- man.
And I was also an English major so this is one of the great books.
That is really being stripped of an important aspect of tolerance after all hot -- had a father son relationship.
When a black man named jam and over the course of the book it talks about how people involved and they grow in their attitude towards people.
Imagine though -- -- it's it's something that a teacher can use as a tool to explore race of the racism as it existed.
And and uses a discussion told students to to to -- about why it's bad and how there was an evolution why pretend it didn't exist.
Well it absolutely.
-- -- -- that teachers can use and yeah I agree with the bishop this is a classic this is a book that.
Teaches young people about -- and the important ways that -- been able to overcome some of those obstacles.
But the reality is Megan.
Many young children were not been able to.
-- experience mark twain's work.
Because of the use of the -- -- 219.
Times and Huckleberry Finn as it was an shared -- -- -- -- -- its number because my hand -- hand books list.
Teachers don't want to teach it.
And so this scholar who they world renowned Twain scholar who loves Mark Twain and he wants more children reading Twain is saying.
If we can get this book in the hands of children in a way that.
Will open up the doors for people to learn from the lessons of Mark Twain.
Then why shouldn't we do that and they're going to be very specific and end at with the practice that actually says this is what has happened.
And then one year in high school.
Or when you're in a more advanced class you know you've read the original I see this -- like a movie that's edited for television or the radio version of a song.
This is opening up Mark Twain and then in the history and left a lot of Clinton because -- look at this professor does love Mark Twain says.
He was reading it allowed people getting repulsed and it got banned -- couldn't teach -- distance anymore this is his solution.
Well -- agree that I think some of the young people don't really believe that Jim Crowe actually happened.
They have no sense of history just got little black president today doesn't mean that we -- don't watch out all these references.
And this hit systemic problem that we've had over the years so I believe that if we inoculate.
This next generation little bit too much against anything that will offend them.
They won't be prepared or motivated.
To live at a standard of excellence that they need to engage and I'm talking about black kids specifically.
Are not getting the real deal on how they're gonna have to engage the culture.
I think overall you know what about it because you know if you go back historically -- scrub all these documents and books and works of -- of anything offensive and in the US you know constitution.
It's said -- count as three fifths of a person you know I -- we got that we got -- -- -- that show women's breasts you know where we're -- and.
I I agree with you -- I I don't think we should go overboard then.
You completely of the reality of our history.
But I think that an approach that is reasonable.
That explains the changes that have been made.
That opens up an opportunity for more children to learn from so many of the lessons and couple -- and is not something that we you know should get all up in arms about.
We should be getting up in arms about and the changes that are happening here where -- not right now in Texas to textbooks where.
You know they are taking out significant.
Aspects of the founding of our country.
Those are really as significant issues that I think are happening in.
Across the country from a censorship standpoint that this isn't censorship the real censorship what's happening because.
Teachers couldn't teach -- wonderful book this classic book.
This isn't inoculating.
Children from they invent real the reality of race unfortunately as that mr.
But this is.
Opening up the doors for children ten to learn molested her -- and and then Jim out of Ginobili hero they they want to read that.
I'm sorry I gotta run Vista but I give -- a quick -- work.
Well -- would stop Megan I think that's really the issue.
And I hate the fact that we are changing things so here -- rationally based on a knee jerk response thank you for having me.
And it's been a -- Mark Twain apparently said he intended these books for adults.
Not necessarily for children but he also said that centrist censorship is telling a Manny can't have a stake.
Just because a baby can't chew it so I'll leave you with back -- now thank you both so much.
Thank you -- -- in.
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