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Nigger by Randall Kennedy
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Jan 10, 08

Read in November, 2001

I read this book while I was teaching in the Bronx and I remember becoming incredibly interested in the use of the word. For some time, I had been discouraging (ie. banning) its use in the classroom, but I had to question my reasons for doing so a little more after reading this. It sparked off a project that I did with my students to try and assess people's comfort level with language, and come to a concensus about what we were okay with.
I have to say, though, reading this book on the subway while riding the 5 train through the South Bronx did make me uncomfortable.
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