๐Ÿ“š Day 3: #ReadSoulLit ๐Ÿ“š โ € This photo challenge is hosted by @browngirlreading ! Hereโ€™s my โ€œRoots and Booksโ€ pick: โ € Ni…

๐Ÿ“š Day 3: #ReadSoulLit ๐Ÿ“š
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This photo challenge is hosted by
@browngirlreading ! Hereโ€™s my โ€œRoots and Booksโ€ pick:
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Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy
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Itโ€™s โ€œthe nuclear bomb of racial epithets,โ€ 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.
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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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โœจIf โ€œmamaโ€ was my first word then this was definitely my second. I chose this book because I grew up in the hood of North Memphis and the N-word is used more than indefinite articles in any formed sentence. Iโ€™ve worked my whole life on reconciling my feelings with itโ€™s utterance from myself and others. Itโ€™s an ongoing debate. I have yet to read this but Iโ€™ve had it for a while now. This was my Fatherโ€™s until he gifted it to me. This book reminds me of my roots and I hope to read it sometime this year. Afterwards I can call Dad, tell him I finally read it, and discuss it further.
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๐Ÿ’‹ xoxo, Kat
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