I wonder what Mark Twain would think about the recent change in his beloved Huckleberry Finn? Would he be up in arms? Canada recently joined the censorship debates via Dire Strait’s song “Money for Nothing” being censored due to derogatory word in the lyrics.
These points were discussed last night in my Feminist Political Thought, when we were thinking about words and their power. Now, we did chat about how some argue that words don’t have power unless we give them that power. I disagree with this. I think there are loaded words, if you will, that have such a heavy history.
But, what do we then owe to one another? In today’s local paper (the Times Colonist) several people wrote in to continue this discussion about censorship. And, one of the things that I was left with–is that it’s so easy to cast easy uncomplicated opinions when you are from a place of privilege. When you might not be the “out” group who experience racism or heterosexism, for instance.