Ask a class why the doc is called I Am Not Your Negro when Baldwin said n——-, uttering the word instead of “N-Word,” and the New School mulls over firing you. Nonblacks can’t even peep it to REFER to it? 25 years ago they could. Justice or mission creep?
. on referring to the N-word. Some Harvard students got upset when I mentioned (not used) it in a discussion of taboo language. I used it as a teachable moment in psycholinguistics, & they were pleased to be treated as intellectual peers.
. argues that the preoccupation with who can refer to the N-word has to do "less with matters of morality than with matters of taboo."
Good as always from John McWhorter.
Excellent points
. argues that the preoccupation with who can refer to the N-word has to do "less with matters of morality than with matters of taboo."