Thursday, January 7, 2010

Since we're talkin' about bliggers...

You may be confused if you haven't read my earlier post from today. Regardless...

This news article just came across the desk at the world-wide headquarters here.

A classic turn-of-the-century English novelist whose works have been read by countless millions of people is having his work sanitized for a new generation of readers.

Joseph Conrad, whose "Heart of Darkness" and "Lord Jim" have been scrutinized by English students on multiple continents for decades, wrote a lesser known novel in 1897 called "The Nigger of the Narcissus."

Now, in what critics are calling a blatant act of politically correct censorship, a Netherlands-based publisher has reprinted the novel under a new name: "The N-word of the Narcissus."

Sheesh! Give me a freakin' break. "The N-word of the Narcissus???????"

I like what Niger Innis said:

"It's outrageous," said Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, a New York-based civil rights organization. "Are they going to go to Mark Twain as well and take out all of those references?

"It's censorship, and to blacken over a word does not mean that you can blacken over the history."

Innis said it would be equally inappropriate for Alex Haley's "Roots" to be re-released with instances of the racial slur replaced with a more innocuous term.

"It's one thing if you were writing that book today, but it is quite something different to rewind history," Innis said. "It undermines the real history."

"I'm not going so far as to call the people who are doing this racist," Innis said. "But I will say that whites have to be very careful in being so sensitive to blacks or other minorities to not be guilty of paternalism and treating us like children. That would be tragic."


I did not quote the retarded argument from the other side, but you can read it for yourself.


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