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Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word Paperback – 1 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA; Vintage Books ed. edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375713719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375713712
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" Provocative. . . . engaging and informative." "-- The New York Times"
" Should be required reading. . . . This little book deserves to be read especially if we seek better understanding of ourselves and others." - "The Dallas Morning News
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" Demonstrates a key truth about the N-word. . . . it tracks our racial history and stars in a slew of court decisions that reveal large truths about bigotry and free expression." - "Philadelphia Inquirer
"" A detailed, well-researched book. . . . Kennedy boils centuries of usage- in conversation, literature, legal proceedings- down to the most pertinent and instructive." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
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"Provocative. . . . engaging and informative." "--The New York Times"
"Should be required reading. . . . This little book deserves to be read especially if we seek better understanding of ourselves and others." -"The Dallas Morning News
"
"Demonstrates a key truth about the N-word. . . . it tracks our racial history and stars in a slew of court decisions that reveal large truths about bigotry and free expression."-"Philadelphia Inquirer
""A detailed, well-researched book. . . . Kennedy boils centuries of usage-in conversation, literature, legal proceedings-down to the most pertinent and instructive." -"San Francisco Chronicle"
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Provocative. . . . engaging and informative. " The New York Times"
Should be required reading. . . . This little book deserves to be read especially if we seek better understanding of ourselves and others. "The Dallas Morning News
"
Demonstrates a key truth about the N-word. . . . it tracks our racial history and stars in a slew of court decisions that reveal large truths about bigotry and free expression. "Philadelphia Inquirer
" A detailed, well-researched book. . . . Kennedy boils centuries of usage in conversation, literature, legal proceedings down to the most pertinent and instructive. "San Francisco Chronicle"
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Provocative. . . . engaging and informative. The New York Times
Should be required reading. . . . This little book deserves to be read especially if we seek better understanding of ourselves and others. The Dallas Morning News

Demonstrates a key truth about the N-word. . . . it tracks our racial history and stars in a slew of court decisions that reveal large truths about bigotry and free expression. Philadelphia Inquirer
A detailed, well-researched book. . . . Kennedy boils centuries of usage in conversation, literature, legal proceedings down to the most pertinent and instructive. San Francisco Chronicle

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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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