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It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the distinguished legal scholar Randall Kennedy traces its origins, maps its multifarious connotations, and explores the controversies that rage around it. Should blacks be able to use nigger in ways forbidden to others? Should the law treat it as a provocation that reduces the culpability of those who respond to it violently? Should it cost a person his job, or a book like Huckleberry Finn its place on library shelves? With a range of reference that extends from the Jim Crow south to Chris Rock routines and the O. J. Simpson trial, Kennedy takes on not just a word, but our laws, attitudes, and culture with bracing courage and intelligence.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Randall Kennedy
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2008-12-18
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307538918

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Here upper-class elites discuss art in well-appointed drawing rooms; rowdy and lascivious drunks spend long nights in jazz clubs and speakeasies; and politically conscious young intellectuals drink coffee and debate "the race problem" in walkup apartments. At the center of the story, two young people - a quiet, serious librarian and a volatile aspiring writer - struggle to love each other as their dreams are slowly suffocated by racism.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Carl Van Vechten
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Release: 2000
File: 286 Pages
ISBN-13: 0252068602

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Presents the autobiography of comedian and civil rights worker Dick Gregory.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Dick Gregory
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 1990-11-15
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780671735609

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Dee Brown reintroduces the familiar yet compelling social issue with his sophomore effort. Why do I have to be your Nigger? “Theories In Niggativity”, questions diverse correlations between African-Americans and the word nigger. Dee explores cultures, gender gaps, racism, class-status, stereotypes, along with various philosophies in order to present understanding concerning his people’s overwhelming kinship with one word. Why do we love the word? Why do we hate the word? Dee Brown presents readers an introspective view of African-American pioneers whose legacy unfortunately failed to outlast one word. WHY?

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Dee Brown
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2006-03-21
File: 244 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781462822270

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"Gayla Tyner ... seems to have everything going for her. But [she] is haunted by the south, what it means, has meant, and is becoming. She is troubled by her relationships with her husband, her father, and the town that seems to hold the key to the mystery of herself."--Jacket.

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Genre: African American families
Author: Fortune, Gwendoline Y.
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Release: 2002
File: 255 Pages
ISBN-13: 1455605379

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“If you're black you don't need to get at anything. You're already there. You can live right out of your insides.” So says the antihero of this legendary novel that reimagines the Bible’s prodigal son as a young black man in post-Civil Rights-era America. George Washington—one of his many aliases—is a classic trickster figure, a blend of con artist, deep thinker, and willing object of white women’s sexual fantasies. Fed up with life in racist America, he leaves his rural South for Denmark on a curious quest, determined to discover if there is “any mother fucker in this despiteful world who ever told himself the truth.” In Denmark he spends his days bantering with fellow black expatriates and his nights bedding a series of white women who project their desires on him. Inevitably, these worlds collide, with Washington, aka Anthony Miller, aka Paul Winthrop, aka Mr. Jiveass Nigger, increasingly alienated in a world of opportunists. A return to America after his self-imposed exile promises transformation, but is Washington too far gone? Cecil Brown brings blistering prose, unabashed eroticism, and biting satire to this controversial masterpiece that’s as timely today as when it was first published.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Cecil Brown
Publisher: Frog Books
Release: 2008
File: 213 Pages
ISBN-13: 1583942106

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Embrace Leadership to Combat All Forms of Prejudice Is there a “nigger” in you? If you have attempted to avoid and/or escape oppression, been made to feel as if you are a problem, been treated as “lesser than” or even like a criminal, all just because you are different in a given context, then what Dr. J. W. Wiley asserts through the title of this book inescapably applies to you. Through any of our multiple identities—stereotyped, marginalized, or ostracized by our socio-economic class, level of education, gender, disability, age, race, sexual orientation, or religion—we are all potential victims as well as perpetrators of denigrating language and discrimination. Dr. Wiley borrows the agency of nigger, arguably the quintessential, most universally known term of disparagement of those negatively considered the Other, to re-frame the word as no longer just a racial term but one that symbolizes many of the ways we disrespect or bully one another, are inconsiderate of one another, prejudge one another, and internalize our demonization. He defines the word in a way that demonstrates its equivalence to other dysfunctional language (retard, bitch, fag, trailer trash, etc.) that suggests that those so targeted are unworthy of consideration in our society. By creating a conversation around such language, Dr. Wiley challenges us to recognize that, when we give in to our prejudices and stereotypes, the “nigger in you” is what we are apt to see when we encounter those different from ourselves. The author, who is Director of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion for the State University of New York–Plattsburg, a Lecturer in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies, and president of his own consulting business, engages diversity in a uniquely inclusive way and as inseparable from social justice. By dissecting the offensive language we often use, consciously or unconsciously, Dr. Wiley provokes us to recognize that, since every one of us has multiple identities beyond just the color of our skin, it is virtually impossible for most of us not to have felt the sting of oppression, or the power of privilege that some of those same multiple identities may confer on us. Consequently, it is morally incumbent on us to contest and ultimately transcend oppression wherever we encounter it, to respect the humanity of those different from us, and become allies in the war to protect and advance people’s right to be different. Through personal stories, scholarship, poetry, commentary on current affairs, lyrics, and his experiences as a Black man both rooted in African American culture and the culture of the academy who daily has to navigate and negotiate multiple worlds, Dr. Wiley leads us on a journey toward social justice. In doing so, he empowers us—in whatever sphere, private or public, in which we have some agency—to embrace our leadership moments by engaging those who would perpetrate dysfunctional language or behavior, and help create a world in which differences are respected and validated.

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Genre: Education
Author: J. W. Wiley
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Release: 2013-09-17
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781579229887

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Racism is as out of place in 2008 as this old wagon would be on an interstate highway, and as ineffective as this old smokehouse would be as a refrigerator. We can no longer afford the attitudes which contribute to negative social and economic injustice, any more than we can afford to return to the old and outdated methods of the last century to achieve economic growth through equal participation in “The Great Ecotechnocracy”. For our American culture to survive we must shed the antiquated notion that because an individual is not like every other individual, they are somehow inferior, or less worthy, of full participation economically, morally, and socially. We must recognize, nurture, and utilize all talent regardless of ethnic origin. This is truly the new frontier.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Carol R. Ellis
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2008-09-30
File: 98 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781469116679

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Shane Bell
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2014-08-04
File: 126 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781499023701

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Every once in a while, you come across a great novel with a classic story to tell. White Nigger: A Tale of Bigots & Bullies is just such a book. Ten-year-old River is a white girl whose half-brother and sister were fathered by a black man named Ivan. River's mother, Alice, has not been home for over three weeks, when a man accosts River. Ivan comes to her rescue and bloodies the man's nose. Afraid for the family's safety, Ivan packs all three children into his old truck. They travel to Owls Nest, Iowa, where they find a deserted cabin and became squatters. While some things are now better for River, she struggles to feel comfortable with Ivan, the black man who has assumed the role of her father. Her worries increase when the school bully, RayDon, begins to taunt her with the words, white nigger. The elderly woman who owns their cabin, Elizabeth Morningside, is a prominent Owls Nest citizen and a witness to River's heckling. Elizabeth hires Ivan to restore her mansion back to its original glory. Their relationship grows, but ugliness returns when someone scratches the words nigger lover into the door of Elizabeth's white Edsel convertible.When a child in the community turns up dead, vigilantes attack Ivan, but are stopped by the sheriff. Racial tensions escalate, even as River learns to accept comfort from Ivan, and they share a defining father/daughter moment. About the Author: Now retired, Beverly J. Scott lives in Iowa, and is working on her next book. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/WhiteNigger.htm

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Beverly J. Scott
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Release: 2011-03
File: 206 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781609116491

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