The "N" Word
I was going to do a post on this word in light of a very disturbing lecture in Psychology 15: Social Psychology that I attended yesterday where the professor (excuse me, lecturer, hahaha), Ronald Butzlaff
, went on for an hour and a half about stereotypes and the intrinsic racism that was in U.S. culture, thus saying that it was OK and expected to be racist. Sure it is. Surprisingly, I didn't really begin to get too pissed off until he took it upon himself to put up a slide displaying racial stereotypes of Americans (people from the U.S. in this case, not from throughout the Americas), Japanese people, Jews, and NEGROES. The stereotypes were from years past (thus Blacks/African-Americans still being referred to as "Negroes") and spanned decades but changed little over time, which was his point. Nevertheless, it disturbed me to have him display stereotypes of Blacks being "lazy", "ostentatious", "happy-go-lucky", etc. in a setting such as a large lecture. The breaking point for me came when Butzlaff projected a slide on the screen that had epithets used against Blacks all over it and proceeded to read them aloud to the +150 person auditorium; the very first word was "nigger". Hearing this word utterred by Black people raises its own problems in my mind but hearing it utterred by an admitted racist, part German lecturer at Harvard was difficult. I had to literally look away from him and calm myself down as a struggled to not throw my wack (and also "nigger"-using) textbook by three White, male authors at him. Anyway, here's an article
on this word and its present-day usage by Darryl Jamses--an award-winning author and founder of the only Black-owned rap music publication (isn't that great), Rap Sheet.
Enjoy and comment. Was anybody else in that lecture or hear about it?