Huckleberry Finn is the story of a white boy who was RAISED TO BELIEVE that it is a sin to help a runaway slave escape. This character written by Mark Twain was a product of his time. He had been taught that there was nothing wrong with owning slaves, and he believed that. However, when Huck runs away from his drunk and abusive father, he encounters runaway slave Jim. Huck knows that he ought to turn Jim in to law enforcement, but he doesn't want to do so. So he procrastinates. He tells himself that Jim can be useful to him, which happens to be true, but is not his real reason for not turning Jim in. As time goes by, Huck feels guilty for not turning Jim in, but at the same time, he just does not want to do it. Huck does not know why he feels this way, but he cannot bring himself to turn Jim in. He struggles with his conscience, whichis telling him to obey the law, not to help Jim escape. At the end, Huck decides, "Fine, then, I'll just go to hell." and he lets Jim escape for good. In doing so Huck goes from being a boy who only believes what society tells him and he becomes a man who thinks and decides things for himself.
Do you believe a racist man could write that story? Or do you think the man who looks at a racist society and understands the people better than they understand themselves is who would write that story? I do not believe Twain could have written what he did if he was racist.