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

ISBN-10: 0547053495

ISBN-13: 9780547053493

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jabari Asim
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Description: 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 pondered 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 past four hundred years. He ponders the contributions of cultural figures such 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.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Jabari Asim is the author of the critically acclaimed The N Word. He is editor-in-chief of The Crisis--the magazine of the NAACP--and former editor at and frequent contributor to the Washington Post, and his writing has appeared on Salon.com and in Essence, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He divides his time between Maryland and Illinois with his wife and five children.

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