does having characters say "darkies" make Lewis racist? He was, after all, employing language then in common parlanceï¿½and placing it in the mouths of the wicked. "Many older books contain race or gender references discordant to modern ears," John G. West Jr., a co-editor of "The C. S. Lewis Reader's Encyclopedia," told me recently. "We don't stop reading Twain or Darwin because they used racial terms no author uses today."
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