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The N-Word Lesson

Students will analyze the denotation and connotation of the N-word in order to debate the word's merit in their vocabulary.
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Lindsey Carson

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of The N-Word Lesson

The N-Word Lesson A moral dilemma to say or not to say the n-word. First, and foremost, any good debate begins with a definition of the topic. The term nigger is a person who is economically, politically, or socially disenfranchised. Disenfranchised is defined as depriving someone of a privilege or right of citizenship. 1. What does the word nigger mean to you?
2. Do you use it?
-If you do use the word, how and why do you use it?
-If not, why not and how would you persuade your peers not to use it as well? The negative connotation of the word has increased over the years as it’s been used by whites to identify a black or dark-skinned person in a deliberately disparaging and offensive way. In some circles, nigger is defined as a person of any race or origin that is contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc. On the other hand, many African-Americans use the word in a neutral or familiar way amongst other African-Americans. The familiar and common usage of the word amongst African-Americans has led to the use of the word by others outside of the African American race. Most African-Americans find the term to be offensive when spoken outside of the race as seen in the following videos. 1. If they have changed the meaning of the word, as proponents of the use of the word suggest, then why do they get upset when others outside of their race use the word?
2. If you are going to use it freely is it just to forbid others from using the word? Today you will watch several videos on the use of the n-word. After each selection you must answer the following three questions:
1. What is the speaker’s point of view of the use of the N-word?
2. What reasons do they give for their opinion?
3. What parts do you agree or disagree with in their argument and why? 1.What is Chris Rock’s point of view of the use of the N-word?
2.What reasons does he give for his opinion?
3.What parts do you agree or disagree with in his argument and why? 1.What is the speaker’s point of view of the use of the N-word?
2.What reasons do they give for their opinion?
3.What parts do you agree or disagree with in their argument and why? Chris Rock's view on the N-Word "Nigger, Niggas & Niggaz" by Julian Curry Johnathan McCoy's point of view of the N-word 1.What is the speaker’s point of view of the use of the N-word?2.What reasons do they give for their opinion?3.What parts do you agree or disagree with in their argument and why? Another point of view to consider... "Nigger-Reecan Blues" Willie Perdomo 1.What is Mrs. Carson’s point of view of the use of the N-word?
2.What reasons do she give for her opinion?
3.What parts do you agree or disagree with in her argument and why? Mrs. Carson's Point of View on the N-word 1. What is Willie's issue with the n-word?
2. What stereotypes are put on Willie?
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