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Nigger The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375713719
ISBN-13: 9780375713712
Sku: 31032471
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 4.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  208
Age Range:  NA
 
Featuring a new Introduction and Afterword by the author, this explosive bestseller has sparked a great deal of curiosity and controversy. In examining "the nuclear bomb of racial epithets, " distinguished legal scholar Kennedy has taken on not just a word, but American laws, attitudes and culture with bracing courage and intelligence.
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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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Salon
"NIGGER is, above all, an argument for the restoration of context and intent in judging uses of the word. Kennedy isn't just a good, clear writer, he's possessed of the uncommon virtue of common sense. That's particularly evident when he's writing on legal challenges involving the use of 'nigger.' Kennedy abhors things like campus speech codes, but he does allow that the word can create a hostile work environment and believes employers should be held liable for such. But in every instance he cites, whether it's a legal case or not, he makes common sense his standard." - Charles Taylor 01/22/02

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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