Take Your Huckleberry Finn and Shove It!

English Lit is making Black kids miserable. Why doesn’t anyone care?

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An illustration of Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Photo: Pixabay)

What good is White kids allegedly learning antiracism from the classics if White grown-ups are simultaneously teaching them to diminish and disregard Black pain in real life?

Before my sister-in-law embarked on her mission, a group of teachers at my niece’s school got together and preemptively dropped Romeo and Juliet from their reading lists. Why? They decided William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy glorified suicide by romanticizing it. What if a White girl who saw herself in Juliet decided to emulate her to the death?

White pain matters more, and White people are more easily forgiven their sins by other White people. Only Black kids deserve to have their lives destroyed over youthful indiscretions.

Even if these books are dropped from classroom reading lists, non-Black students can still learn about the racism their Black classmates live with every day. They don’t need The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for that. Why read about it in a book when they can learn about it from those who experience it firsthand, the Black people White people are still trying to shut up, people like my niece and my sister-in-law?

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj

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