Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Seuss and Huck




Been reading about Dr. Seuss becoming a victim of the cancel culture.

It reminded me of literature I read in my youth.
I recently found a very old (early 20th century) edition of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn". I read this book over 50 years ago (along with Tom Sawyer) and understood then the times were different, and that the racist language and imagery reflected those times, not that the times made racism right.  
But reading them was very educational for me, a jr. high boy in the mid-60's... a time
when we were learning to move away from those past injustices.
Context is everything. We can teach our children a lot by remembering, not canceling history.