Jabari Asim

9 months ago by in Other Nonfiction, Saturday

Jabari Asim photo by Shef Reynolds IIJabari Asim is an associate professor of creative writing at Emerson College. He has written 13 books, including The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, And Why; A Taste Of Honey: Stories; and Only The Strong, a novel. [2:00 Saturday, Library Mezzanine]The N Word explores the role of language in the shaping of both this republic and the African-American culture that flourishes at the heart of it. The “n word” merits particular attention because it functions as a metaphor for this country’s history of tangled relations between blacks and whites. If America remains a noteworthy, international symbol as a melting pot and laboratory of interracial experiment, then the persistence of the “n word” must be the yardstick by which progress (or lack of it) is measured. The N Word examines both the power and the curious popularity of this notorious and dangerous slur, from its historical origins to its modern-day ubiquity.