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‘Whitewashing’ of Twain an affront to American values
NewSouth Books’ “whitewashing” of Huckleberry Finn is an affront to integrity, and substantially harms the work of art as created by Samuel Clemens by scrubbing away his indictments of racism. What NewSouth Books is doing is morally and ethically wrong, and should be regarded as criminal.
Whitewashing belongs to picket fences and Greek villages — in literature, it is offensive. Posthumously censoring Mark Twain is nothing short of a thumbing of the nose at the master’s own First Amendment rights to have published the work of art that he intended.
NewSouth Books’ actions disgrace the very best of what this nation supposedly stands for.
Padma J. Thornlyre