Huckleberry Finn is to be bowdlerized for various pragmatic reasons, no need to go into them here.
But de-niggerizing Huckleberry Finn doesn’t necessarily inoculate teachers from the danger of teaching that 19th century text in an offensive way. If anything, it might just give us all an inflated sense of protection from the most dishonorable aspects of our nation’s history.
Is this what we mean by post-racial? If so, it is a good example of the difference between repression and transcendence.