Following up on this, 60 Minutes did a story tonight about re-writing Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
I understand the desire to drop the N word, particularly for children. It's tragic that our boys will not experience the sheer pleasure of reading these two stories because of that word, but if removing the word is what it takes, so be it. I disagree with calling him "Slave Jim." Why not just "Jim"? It is understood from the context of the story what his background is.
I realize I am walking on a slippery slope. But it seems to me that the choice is now a) These two stories are denied to our kids or b) They read them without that word.