The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why

WED, MAY 9, 2007 (31:49)

Jabari Asim, deputy editor of the Washington Post Book World and an essayist on popular culture for national magazines, explains why he believes that there is a place in this world for the usage of the “N” word, but only in the mouths and pens of those who truly understand its twisted history, whether Mark Twain, Dave Chappelle, or Mos Def.

+ BIO: Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim, the former deputy editor of Washington Post’s Book World. He is now the editor of the NAACP’s magazine, The Crisis. He authored, The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why, in 2007, and was interviewed on Book TV on 5 May 2007. He is also the author of a book on erotica, Brown Sugar, as well as numerous books for children, among them, Daddy Goes to Work.

Georgia Center for the Book
African American Culture Series