Racism In Huck Finn

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Huckleberry Finn: Racist or Honest?
Prompt:Racial issues are shown huck finn, and the author uses racist language to convey his anti slavery ideals, Why is the books not racist?

Have you ever had a gut feeling that something was wrong, yet you didn’t say anything because it was “Acceptable”? It’s really hard to stand up for what’s right in the heat of the moment, to fight against the flow of society. One boy did just that, Huck Finn. Racism is a issue clearly present in “The Adventures Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. Racism affected how people perceived and treated Jim, but it isn’t a racist book because Twain uses this book to address the issue of racism. Twain creates a story with many racial issues for Huck to be exposed to. Over the course of the book, Huck matures and starts to think for himself, he starts to discern what’s morally right from what is socially acceptable when the situation arises. Many call Twain’s work “Racist”, but is it really?

Welcome to the Missouri, in the 1930’s, in a time where slavery was seen as normal and acceptable. Many Racial issues exist at this time, such as the way blacks being considered property to whites. When Huck asked someone about Jim, this is what he said "Well, I RECKON! There's two hundred dollars reward on him. It's like picking up money out'n the road." (Pg. 159). From that you can see most people saw them as property and worth money… not a person. They also were looked down upon by most whites and thought of as not deserving rights. Even Huck, thought he was automatically right and better than Jim. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a Negro; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way.”- Huck (pg 65). He explicitly says that it took him some time to humble himself to a negro, he didn’t want to admit he was wrong and Jim was right. Another issue in the book is how blacks were automatically thought of as sketchy and untrustworthy by most people minus Huck in the book. When Huck suggests to leave Jim alone, the fake duke and king say "Because Mary Jane 'll be in mourning from

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