African American History Seminar “A New Game”: The Invention of the N-Word Phrase registration required at no cost 10 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Elizabeth Pryor, Smith College Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg

In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language wielded against them. Thus, they invented the “n” word phrase, placing the racist slur n***er at the center of debates over political correctness and Black cultural expression. By exploring the long history of African American protest against the n-word, this reflection examines how the surrogate phrase straddles Black radicalism on one hand and respectability politics on the other.

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