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Use ‘Finn’ flap as a chance to teach children

Posted: January 10, 2011 11:20 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2011 4:55 a.m.

In reading Sunday’s RedBlue America, “Should the N-word be removed from Twain’s ‘Finn’?” everyone seems to have an opinion about making changes to our history. They want to change what some great people who lived before us did to help get us to where we are today.

Why is it OK to even have this debate on American literature when I can go purchase a CD and hear the N-word from a host of today’s up-and-coming rap singers?

Instead of erasing our past, why not utilize this as a lesson where it belongs, at home, from parents?

Why not use this debate to teach children that a long time ago this word was used, but we have learned a lot over the years and realized that it’s not a word we use in our family?

What a concept — parents taking responsibility for educating their children on what’s acceptable and what is not. It starts at home.


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