Banning the N’ Word

Incase you didn’t know, The Taylor School Board banned Mark Twain’s classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from being read by it’s students. Why, you might ask? Because it uses the N’ word and a student was affended by it. Are you kidding me?

Have they ever listened to Rap or Hip-Hop? The N’ word is common, everyday lanquage in some ethnic circles. Bill Cosby has spoken out on many occasions about this subject.

Racial bigotry and ethnic hatred is not learned in Twain’s Huck’ Finn. It is learned, among other places, in the home by racist parents. It will always be there in our society. If it wasn’t, people like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be out of a job.

Let’s see, what else? In Cold Blood by Capote. Someone might turn into a ruthless killer. Gone with the Wind and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. The list goes on and, I have no doubt, it will continue. What is sad is that those members of the school board, who were elected to ensure their students quality of education, have failed miserably. Their decision to ban this book based on it’s content doesn’t help end racism, it only helps to perpetuate it.

3 Comments so far

  1. H. Lewis Smith (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm


    Los Angeles, CA., Author H. Lewis Smith has written a thought provoking, culturally divided book that will not only spark heated conversation, but can also bring about real change. The N-word is often used in the African American community amongst each other and is generally not a problem when spoken by another African American. However, once the word is used by a Caucasian person, it brings on other effects. The question is “who can use the word and why?” Smith believes it is a word that should be BURIED!!!!

    The book is written in a manner that all can understand. The points are
    well-taken and the wording is easy to follow. There are quotes from great
    people in our history including Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, James Baldwin and many, many others. Smith has mixed history with honesty, love with life, education with effects. This is a great book for educators, parents, managers, professionals, newsmen, and anyone else wanting an in-depth look at the N-word, the effects and the solutions. A MUST READ!!!!

    H. Lewis Smith has studied the idioms, meanings and the psychological impact of words, its energy and vibratory effects on the human mind for more than two decades. He has been a guest on several talk shows, The Power, The Exchange, Andrea Williams’ Jamin 98.3 and many more. To learn more about Bury that Sucka, please visit


    H. Lewis Smith

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    A book like this can only be dangerous in the hands of an incompetent teacher. The fact that this “classic” book exists allows a teacher to explore the themes of slavery and racism with his or her class. Children will be exposed to the “N” word one way or another and they must be taught of the history behind the word and why it is inappropriate and the ramifications of using it today, amongst their peers or outside.

  3. sam smith (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

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