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ERIC Number: EJ944241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Straight Talk about the N-Word
Teaching Tolerance, n40 p46-48 Fall 2011
The n-word is unique in the English language. On one hand, it is the ultimate insult- a word that has tormented generations of African Americans. Yet over time, it has become a popular term of endearment by the descendents of the very people who once had to endure it. Among many young people today--black and white--the n-word can mean "friend". Neal A. Lester, dean of humanities and former chair of the English department at Arizona State University, has twice taught courses on the n-word--and found there's plenty to talk about. In this interview, Lester talks about how n-word become such a scathing insult; why the word is so popular with many young black kids today; and how a k-12 teacher might go about teaching the n-word.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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