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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Gone With the Wind

The latest outrage, although worth noting that HBO Max rotates stuff on and off regularly.

It is an American historical artifact- it isn't history but it offers a view into the attitudes of the times when it was written and the movie made. Nobody forces anybody to watch it and you can take away what you'd like.

Statues that were erected to celebrate the same attitudes and myths that are in public spaces- a different matter.

Another one I haven't heard for a while was the controversy over teaching Huck Finn in schools- primarily on account of the heavy use of the N word. My opinion is that there is an age appropriate place for that- Juniors and Seniors ought to be expected to be mature enough to understand the context.

It is primarily a satire about race, and the pretensions of The Good Folk.

Sorta like Ag Forum.

3 Replies
sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

Re: Gone With the Wind

So nice of you to decide what other people should read or watch.  You're not a book burner at all.

Kurt#1
Senior Contributor

Re: Gone With the Wind

Kids must be a lot less mature or perhaps just historically ignorant.  I remember ridding with my parents while they delivered eggs and I was reading Huckleberry Finn.  I earned money working during the summers and spent a lot of it on paperback books.

I didn't have any problem understanding the book or any of the other Mark Twain books I read.  Today the left interprets everything through their racists, political lens rather than accepting things as they are.

 

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Gone With the Wind

Pretty sure I didn't get most of Huck Finn the first time I read it- probably 9 or 10. And it probably requires some guidance from teachers even at the HS level. Tom Sawyer is a kids' book, Huck Finn isn't.

But I wasn't necessarily disagreeing with you- the satirical treatment of slavery and the hypocrisy of The Good Folk should earn it a place in the secondary ed American Lit canon.