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Author Asim, Jabari, 1962-

Title The N word : who can say it, who shouldn't, and why / Jabari Asim
Published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007
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Contents Birth of a notion : 1619-1799. Founding fictions -- Niggerology, part 1 -- The progress of prejudice : 1800-1857. No place to be somebody -- Niggerology, part 2 -- Life among the lowly -- Jim Crow and company -- Dreams deferred : 1858-1896. The world the war made -- Nigger happy -- Separate and unequal : 1897-1954. Different times -- From house niggers to niggerati -- Bad niggers -- Progress and paradox : 1955-present. Violence and vehemence -- To slur with love -- What's in a name? -- Nigger vs. nigga
Summary Reveals how the slur has both reflected and spread bigotry in America over the last 400 years. Asim pinpoints Thomas Jefferson as the source of our enduring image: in a seminal but now obscure essay, he marshaled a welter of pseudo-science to define the stereotype of a shiftless child-man with huge appetites and stunted self control. Asim reveals how nineteenth-century "science" then colluded with popular culture to amplify this slander. What began as false generalizations became institutionalized in every corner of our society. Asim argues that even when uttered with the opposite intent by hipsters and hip-hop icons, using the slur helps keep blacks at the bottom of America's socio-economic ladder. But, he also shows, there is a place for this word in the mouths and on the pens of those who truly understand its twisted history. Only when we know its legacy can we loosen its grip.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-262) and index
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Subject Racism -- United States -- History.
HISTORY -- United States -- General.
Race relations.
Racism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0547524943