Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

Randall Kennedy


It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a note that whites have hired to wound and degrade African americans for 3 centuries. mockingly, between many black humans it has develop into a time period of love or even empowerment. The notice, in fact, is nigger, and during this candid, lucidly argued e-book the celebrated felony pupil Randall Kennedy strains its origins, maps its multifarious connotations, and explores the controversies that rage round it.

Should blacks be capable to use nigger in methods forbidden to others? should still the legislation deal with it as a provocation that reduces the culpability of these who reply to it violently? may still it rate an individual his task, or a ebook like Huckleberry Finn its position on library cabinets? With a number reference that extends from the Jim Crow south to Chris Rock workouts and the O. J. Simpson trial, Kennedy takes on not only a observe, yet our legislation, attitudes, and tradition with bracing braveness and intelligence.

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