The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why

The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why by Jabari Asim 0547053495 9780547053493
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The debate over the N word touches almost every aspect of American popular culture. Does it ever have an appropriate place in the media? Are rappers justified in using it? Should Huckleberry Finn, which repeats it 215 times, be taught in high school? As the cultural critic Jabari Asim explains, none of these questions can be addressed effectively without a clear knowledge of the words bitter legacy. Here he draws on a wide range of examples from science, politics, the arts, and more to reveal how the slur has both reflected and spread the scourge of bigotry in America over the last four hundred years. He examines the contributions of such well-known figures as Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois and Margaret Mitchell, Dave Chappelle and NWA. Through this history, Asim shows how completely our national psyche is affected by the use of the word, and why its such a flashpoint today.      

Author: Jabari Asim

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 278

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books

Publication Date: 2008-08-04


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