How should we deal with historical racism? What do I mean? Well, in the course of my researches into Arthur Conan Doyle's Spiritualist tour of Australia in 1920/21 I came across an Australian newspaper article that was written a day or so after his departure for England.
As far as I can tell it was intended as a joke but was pre-fixed with a remark about the colour of the crew of the ship on which ACD was travelling.
So the question is - do I mention this at all? On the one hand you can say no because it has no bearing on ACD personally or his tour and therefore is of questionable relevance. You could also argue that it gives an idea of attitudes of the time and therefore is worthy of inclusion.
So do I include it or not? If I include it, how do I present it? Verbatim seems unlikely but can I enter it with asterisks (e.g. bl**dy hell)?
I'd appreciate views. Currently I'm of a mind to remove it.
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