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Its “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the distinguished legal scholar Randall Kennedy traces its origins, maps its multifarious connotations, and explores the controversies that rage around it.

Should blacks be able to use nigger in ways forbidden to others? Should the law treat it as a provocation that reduces the culpability of those who respond to it violently? Should it cost a person his job, or a book like Huckleberry Finn its place on library shelves? With a range of reference that extends from the Jim Crow south to Chris Rock routines and the O. J. Simpson trial, Kennedy takes on not just a word, but our laws, attitudes, and culture with bracing courage and intelligence.

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Provides an analysis of the word "nigger" and its repercussions for, effect on, and place in American culture, and the use of the controversial word as a racial epithet and methods that can deprive the word of its destructive character.

About the Author

Randall Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale. He is a Rhodes Scholar and served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before joining the faculty of the Harvard Law School. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Association, and the American Law Institute, Mr. Kennedy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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Chris Blaker, February 4, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
A well-written book that would interest anyone who reads on Black issues and American culture. The author explains all the different contexts the word can be used. He delves into the legal history surrounding the word. The most informative section (for me since I'm white) is on the use of the n-word within the black community. He discusses the ideas of those he dubs "erradicationists" who believe the word should not be used in any context. The author comes down on the side free use of the word among black people and careful use of the word among other races. I would recommend this book to anyone within an open mind.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375713712
Introduction:
Kennedy, Randall
Afterword:
Kennedy, Randall
Introduction by:
Kennedy, Randall
Introduction:
Kennedy, Randall
Author:
Kennedy, Randall
Afterword by:
Kennedy, Randall
Afterword:
Kennedy, Randall
Author:
Kennedy, Randall
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
English language
Subject:
History
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Invective
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Racism in language
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
African Americans--Race identity
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
race;language;history;non-fiction;racism;race relations;african american;sociology;etymology
Subject:
race;language;history;non-fiction;racism;race relations;african american;etymology;sociology;linguistics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
vol. 14, no. 8 (A)
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.55 in 0.43 lb

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General

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