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Law Prof, 3 sons. Books—N*GGA THEORY: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law; Negrophobia & Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America
Oct 7, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
I enjoyed talking to these great @usc undergrads & profs about free speech & academic freedom, for which I’m a fierce advocate: Black & other socially marginalized dissidents wind up bearing the brunt of crackdowns on transgressive utterances by status quo defenders & apologists. Understandably, many find the N-word I deploy in my scholarship offensive & dehumanizing—a form of “hate speech.” For them, the word’s deeply racist roots make any & all current-day uses of it tainted fruit of the poisonous tree. The NAACP formally buried it in Detroit in 2006!