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Huck Finn Teachers Guide: Huck Finn in Context: The Curriculum: Section 1: The "N" Word

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Whitlock: NFL should ban N-word

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It wouldn't please everyone, but Roger Goodell and the NFL should ban use of the N-word, writes Jason Whitlock.
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The New NFL N-Word Rule

The New NFL N-Word Rule | N-Word in America (not Paris) | Scoop.it
NFL Competition Committee is tossing around a proposed rule to penalize players for using the n-word. Who knows what the rule and the penalties will be...
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This is about the n-word in sports.

 

The author doesn't really provide an opinion. 

 

What I can insinuate is that, since the majority of the NFL is black, they don't want to make the n-word illegal. But what happens when a white NFL player uses it?

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You Shouldn't Use The N-Word If You're Not Black. The End. But If You Need An Explanation, Here You Go!

You Shouldn't Use The N-Word If You're Not Black. The End. But If You Need An Explanation, Here You Go! | N-Word in America (not Paris) | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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This video is about different races using the n-word.

 

The author believes that, no matter what, if you're not black you should not use the n-word, but that it's okay when black people use it.

 

I disagree. What about half white/half black kids? What about people directly from Africa? Or blacks from countries other than the US?

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Seniors hang N-word banner at Georgia high school; school sends e-mail apology

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By Dana Ford CNN ATLANTA (CNN) -- Students at a school outside Atlanta were in hot water Wednesday after they reportedly hung a banner from their school's roof that read, "N---a We Made It." The si...
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Nigga vs Nigger — great example of what's okay, and what's not

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"N" Word Essay

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This article explores the hurtfulness of the n-word, giving a background in etymology.

 

The author thinks that, "[t]he word nigger to colored people is like a red rag to a bull. Used rightly or wrongly, ironically or seriously, of necessity for the sake of realism, or impishly for the sake of comedy, it doesn’t matter."

 

I agree with the author, but I don't think it is particularly offensive to the newer generation of African Americans, especially when they use it with each other as a replacement for the word 'dude'. Langston Hugh's opinion that the word is like a red flag feels a bit outdated.   

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The N-Word and How To Use It

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N-I-G-G-E-R. I'll never forget the first time I accidentally used that word in mixed company. It was 20 years ago at the University of Missouri,...

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This article is about the reasons why black people use the n-word casually. It explores the reaction of whites to the words as well as blacks, and the reactions held within. Finally, it identifies some examples where blacks have used it with beneficial purposes. 

 

The authors main point is that, while the n-word is a harmful word, it's common use is not a bad thing. In fact, he believes it's a beneficial process of disarmament. He says that blacks have "In fact, went on to embrace it by using it to spice up poetry, rap lyrics, and many a comedy stand-up routine" removing power from the word (just like Kanye wearing that confederate flag apparel). 

 

I think he has has an interesting point. While frequenting the use of the word may sound bad on paper, it actually does remove a lot of rank from the word. It becomes it's own 'new' thing, losing it's past definition. People will eventually let go of the older definition and it will die out. 

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Is it Ever Okay to Use The N-Word?

Is it Ever Okay to Use The N-Word? | N-Word in America (not Paris) | Scoop.it
Many people would argue that it’s never okay to use the N-word, but there are a few times when uttering racial slur may be appropriate, such as when journalists report on the epithet.
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This article is about the creative usage of the n-word, regarding it's connotation as a hateful word.

 

The author thinks that it's only appropriate to use the n-word when discussing race relations.

 

I disagree. It can provide a lot of benefit in other contexts. 

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Black People Don't Own "The N-Word" So Use It Whenever You Want

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It’s such a magical word. Speak its name and it makes all common sense disappear.
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This is (another) article about who can and cannot use the n-word. 

 

The author argues that no one owns the word. And that if you're willing to deal with the consequences, you should be able to use the word.

 

I agree with the author (and louis c. k)

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Django, the N-Word, and How We Talk About Race in 2013

Django, the N-Word, and How We Talk About Race in 2013 | N-Word in America (not Paris) | Scoop.it
2013 is going to be incredible, if for no other reason than because this will undoubtedly be the year the cultural discourse shifts from simple discussions of "race" or "racism" to the majestic lan...
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This article is about using the n-word in moment where it may be 'realistic', particularly in the movie 'Django'. 

 

The author thinks that, even in movies, white actors should not be using the n-word. He also talks about how some of the cast treated the word. 

 

I disagree. He is portraying realism that translates into sympathy. 

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Straight Talk about the N-Word | Teaching Tolerance

Straight Talk about the N-Word | Teaching Tolerance | N-Word in America (not Paris) | Scoop.it
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This article discusses the shift of the n-word as an offensive word into an endearing word used by african american youth.

 

The author believes that kids need to be taught about the word at a very early age (as soon as kindergarten) and that teachers are responsible for curating discussions. 

 

I agree with him, though I think kindergarten is too early. Kids are still young and the fact that the word can get a new meaning or new power, ie black youth taking control of the word is very good.

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Nigger (the word), a brief history | African American Registry

Nigger (the word), a brief history | African American Registry | N-Word in America (not Paris) | Scoop.it
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Discusses the use of the N-word as a regular word in the history of the United States. Many good examples.

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