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on 23 February 2002
This book should be read by everyone. The grey shroud surrounding this word is analyzed with a full on and realistic account of its uses, history and its future. White people and black people alike would learn from this book, and anyone who opposes the word should definately read this well structured argument. This area has little work, and this is an essential read. Also its worth while to Check out many of Geneva Smithermans books for a more linguistic approach.
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on 5 February 2002
In this intelligent and valuable book, Randall Kennedy strips away the myth and legend surrounding the N-word. With honesty and a true sense of justice, Kennedy explores the origin of the word, from latin via slavery, to contemporary usage. He expertly describes its place in the American legal system and case law. Presenting a balanced view of legal decisions and place of the N-word in US history, whilst maintaining the dignity of the African American experience. Everyone should read this fascinating book.
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on 30 August 2013
Why does this word still have so much negative power? This book offers some interesting answers as Kennedy explores its origins and use.

Everybody really needs to read this book.
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on 27 December 2004
i would reccomend this book to everyone, as think all people - black and of other ethnic identities wil benifit from the insight the author offers on a word that has disparate shades of meaning.
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