Beating a dead horse - The Word Nigger

These concepts are socially constructed and have been given much weight. What are your thoughts?
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Beating a dead horse - The Word Nigger

Unread post by Anesis » February 9th, 2005, 10:06 pm

Nigger : The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
by RANDALL KENNEDY

With all the discussion and speculation of the word on this board, this book is a must read for people who want to be informed.

(cut and pasted from Amazon)
Product Description:
It’s “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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Re: Beating a dead horse - The Word Nigger

Unread post by ChAoS » February 9th, 2005, 10:27 pm

I don't really see the point in saying it. I've said it before and I still say it now sometimes(I'm black), but after a while, everybody thinks that its a joke, and they say it too. In a way, It makes blacks look ignorant for calling ourmselves something that was used to degrade us during slavery. on the other hand, us as blacks call eachother that as a way of "being real" with eachother, so we say it to refer eachother as brothers, and not enemies...my 2 cents

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