Huckleberry Finn Causes Special Snowflake Syndrome

Mark Twain’s classic has always been the subject of controversy. It its early days, racists condemned the novel for positively portraying a friendship between a white boy and a black man.

Today, Special Snowflakes™ demand its removal from schools and libraries, because it chafes their fragile labia.

This week, a Montgomery County school removed Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum after a group of students said the book made them uncomfortable.

 After a forum for students and faculty, the administration of Friends’ Central School decided to strike the book from the 11th-grade American literature class, principal Art Hall said in a letter to parents this week.

“We have all come to the conclusion that the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits,” Hall said in his letter.

A group of students said an American classic made them “feel uncomfortable.”

Let that sink in for a moment. A great American novel about a friendship between a white boy and a black man at a time when such friendships were not just frowned upon, but hated, despised, and punished is making Special Snowflakes “uncomfortable.” This novel is the epitome of American literature!

There used to be a time when ideas were challenged, viewpoints were explored, history was closely examined and discussed. It used to be called an education.

Now, an education is wrapping Special Snowflakes in brightly colored cotton to protect them from mean ideas, bad language, and anything else that may result in a rash on their precious little hineys. They can’t possibly be placed outside their comfort zones! They can’t possibly be challenged! Their precious feelings are more important than knowledge, than historical context, than the ability to analyze.

So in order to protect their fragile sensibilities, they burn anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Why be reminded of  Of course it’s figurative for now. They simply remove the book from school or from the library, but how long before it really starts?

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

The ridiculous thing is that the principal of the school does not believe removing the book constitutes censorship. “I really do believe that this is an opportunity for the school to step forward and listen to the students.”

The disconnect is frightening, because this is what is teaching today’s youth. This is what is running today’s schools. Instead of applying his knowledge and expertise and taking control of the ass enraged, entitled Generation Cupcake offendapotomi, he’s simply giving in to their unreasonable and ignorant demands.

Is it any wonder, schools are putting out generations of perpetually butthurt, barely educated cattle who outright REFUSE to think?

25 responses

  1. But Huck Finn triggered me! I felt its reach across time, microaggressing against me!😉

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  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    This nonsense has been going on for some time now but before it was done by “concerned” parents or “concerned” educators not stupid children.

    I’d call them morons but that’s an insult to morons. [Frown]

    By the way, the black character was shown as a better person than most of the white folks that Huck met in that book. [Evil Grin]

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  3. For my entire life the lazy people I have known have shut themselves down during a discussion after some point when their brain has to use more energy than their comfort zone normally consumes. But in past decades they didn’t attempt to shut down all the thoughtful interactions around them. They were too lazy. Looks like they’ve made some energetic strides. Irritating strides, but strides nevertheless.

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  4. This has been going on since I was in school in the early 70’s. Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 were supposed to be warnings not blueprints.

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  5. But they use the N Word!!!!

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  6. “I’m very proud of the process that our community engaged in to make the decision (not to study the novel),” (the principal) said.

    Obviously, that “community” is chock full o’ idiots.

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  7. I despise zealots. Fahrenheit 451 WAS a warning. So was 1984. I read 1984 when I was 13, the other later on. I could recognize the danger inherent in a society of pure conformity at 13.
    How can anyone who be so braindead that s/he thinks removing stories that force people to THINK is better than facing reality?
    After all, no one is forcing these mindless robo-zealots to read things that make them ‘uncomfortable’. There must be something about the racism in ‘Huck Finn’ that they see in themselves. They can’t face their own hypocrisy, so they want it removed.
    No. Rub their noses in it. Make them smell the foulness of their own shit.

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  8. If they don’t want to read Huck Finn because it makes them uncomfortable, they missed all the meaning in the story. It’s made people uncomfortable for a century and a half. I think that was sort of Twain’s point. The difference between it and modern message fiction is that there’s an actual story in Huck Finn. And an entertaining one, too.

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  9. Huck Finn WOULD make the modern PC crown uncomfortable.

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  10. Reblogged this on Cmblake6's Weblog and commented:
    Yeah, this should upset the left. Then and now.

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  11. Relevant today as it was back then. Did it say niggers, crackers, honkies, white trash, niggers and spooks??? So offended are these PC stooges, panty liners, butt plugs and worse. Go snivel to the naacp, aclu,splc and fook all of you snowflakes.

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  12. Do you realize that this sort of thing was and is exactly the goal of “modern education,” and has been from the beginning of compulsory, government schools? The goal was and is to produce people incapable of critical thinking, critical analysis, reasoned action based on facts.

    Have you read any of the great works of John Taylor Gatto?
    http://www.amazon.com/John-Taylor-Gatto/e/B001K7S0AE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1450009871&sr=1-2-ent

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    1. I have not, but going to check it out.

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  13. This is what liberalism begets. The left is a hollow shell of irony and perfidy.

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  14. […] The Liberty Zone notes Huckleberry Fin causing Special Snowflake syndrome […]

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  15. One of my ninth grade clients has started reading To Kill a Mockingbird for his English class. The other day, he expressed some consternation about the use of the n-word in the book. “That’s wrong! We should take that word out!”

    Because I know this kid is actually very well meaning and thoughtful, my reply was gentle, “Well, this book was set in the 30’s. The author wants to show you that this was how people talked back then. The author ALSO wants to show you that it IS wrong. You’re only a few chapters into the book and don’t know this yet, but Harper’s whole point is that racism is a moral evil. She can’t show that unless she’s honest about how people behaved.”

    I think the above applies to Twain too. Context and critical thinking: I’m doing my best to teach it!

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    1. We need more teachers like you, Stephanie!

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  16. Good for Stephanie, as well.
    I remember in 1978 fighting this same fight. I was the student counsel president and a parent was trying to get a book banned from the library, called if I recall We Can’t Breathe by Ronald Fair .
    It was a book about inner city black kids and their struggles. To be honest, I took it out and read some of it and found it boring and didn’t read it all, so I can’t remember much detail about it. What I do remember the main concern of the parent complaining was some of the language and the sexuality.
    The use of the dreaded N- word. Other awful swear words. Oh no! The one sexual situation I recall was when 2 black teen boys were wondering if black female and white female genitals were the same color.
    I spoke to the librarian at the time and she told me that the book was quite tame compared to some of the things on the shelves, and pointed out Huck Finn as one example that I can remember. She also said that she had no interest in becoming a monitor for who could check out different books, as she hated censorship.
    There was a fight in our very tiny community, with our student counsel weighing in on the side of freedom, I am happy to say, and the result was that there was no censorship by the school of any kind, that was left up to the individual parent.
    Perhaps that is how it should be handled in this free and enlightened society that we live in today.
    By not exposing high school students to ideas like Mark Twain and Harper Lee, we are certainly preparing them for success in college the way they are now, with safe zones, I mean, idea free zones. Of course, everyone reading this knows that after college we are also preparing them to move back in with their parents because the real world has no safe zones. And ideas are what drives life, love, freedom, success, and ultimately, America.
    I wonder if the left will pick up this and make it a cause to get behind, to fight against stifling the first amendment rights of citizens. I am sure the ACLU is going to be filing motions Monday to force the school to put this book back. Oops, I forgot, I am not living in THAT America anymore, the one where freedom is more important than feeling safe.
    The inmates are not running the asylum, the inmates are running the country.

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    1. pigpen51, How is forcing a school to put back a book any part of freedom? The problem isn’t censorship, as such, but the very existence of government, mandatory “school.” In a truly free America, parents would choose between a vast variety of educational entities and homeschool options. If the one they’d chosen for their children tried something like this, they’d simply send the kids to a different school -or choose a different option – if they didn’t like it.

      People have many different ideas about what is appropriate and not for their children. They need to be responsible for those choices, like everything else, and not attempt to FORCE their own ideas and preferences on others at all.

      Separation of education and the state ought to have a much higher priority than most anything else we worry about. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to happen until people generally accept the fact that the involuntary government has zero legitimate authority to dictate anything at all. But it would be a darn good start.

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  17. Mamaliberty,
    Point taken, you are spot on, as usual. However, sometimes we must work with what we have and not what we wish we had.
    Perhaps we might go back in time to an earlier model, such as the early years of our country. The old one room school house sponsored by small towns or settlements. Or even individual home schooling families banding together in small groups to educate their kids. No matter the choice, it would obviously be better than the government being in charge of education, as that is one sure way to ensure that the government will indoctrinate young people to think the way they want them to.
    Unfortunately, at this point in our history, the chances of changing anything are slim at best. The money involved is just too vast and the establishment too entrenched.
    We can’t even get a system where vouchers to send kids to better performing schools are allowed.
    At least here in MI, the home school rules are among the best in the country. Basically, all you have to do is tell the school system you are going to home school your child and they can’t bother you again. You may have to say you are doing it for religious reasons, but what the heck, thinking that by G-d, I am not letting you school my kid, is good enough to me. I know that some states are a bitch to home school your kids in. From registering your school, to passing state tests, to being a certified teacher, some are downright protective of their fiefdoms.
    Censorship is just one more step down the very slippery slope that leads to things like hate speech being no longer protected by the 1st amendment, freedom of association the same, what the hell, let’s just say any freedom that we used to take for granted being now up to the whim of some government that is just trying to protect us, for our own good, don’t you know.
    At some point, we must draw a line and say, no more loss of freedom, no more taking away of rights, no more censorship of thoughts or speech or ideas or internet posts. If we wait much longer to draw that line, there won’t be much left to fight for anymore.

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    1. “If we wait much longer to draw that line…”

      Just who is this “we?” The real problem with that is it’s not possible, never was and never will be. Each individual must draw that “line” for themselves and their families, then make rational and responsible decisions based on it. If “we” wait until everyone “draws that line,” we’ll be waiting forever.

      Liberty is an individual choice to assume the natural authority we have as human beings. To do so, we must stop accepting the bogus authority of the involuntary government at any level. After that choice is made, we can then definitely work together in voluntary associations.

      Remember that if most people simply decided not to COMPLY with all the BS, they could be free almost overnight. The problem is that most people don’t want to work that hard… they don’t really want to be completely responsible for their thoughts, words and actions… What most folks seem to want is “freedom” to do as they wish, without any responsibility for the consequences.

      Legitimate authority as individuals and responsibility for consequences… those are the things missing from so many “freedom” discussions.

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  18. I’ve heard this one before. I was taking a creative writing class in 2006 and my teacher (who’s liberal, by the way), was defending the use of Huckleberry Finn against those who would like to ban it. We watched a documentary about a woman who was crusading to have it removed from her daughter’s school on the grounds of it being racially offensive, even though her daughter was offered an alternative assignment (I think it was A Tale of Two Cities). Ironically, a black scholar came to the school and spoke in favor of the book and it’s historical/literary value, which offended the mother to no end. I think this might be the story:

    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/1998/10/28/09huck.h18.html

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  19. On a slightly different note, don’t forget to add this to the Special Snowflake Category. Offendapotami are taking to news to complain about racist themes inherent in Star Wars (sigh–is nothing sacred?):

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/12/14/msnbc-host-melissa-harris-perry-star-wars-racist-because-darth-vader-black

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    1. LOL! Yeah, this came from a woman to wore tampons as earrings. The fact that anyone takes Melissa Harris Perry seriously scares the shit out of me.

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  20. If they are threatened by Huck Finn, the snowflakes should try reading the Koran!

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