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Signithia Fordham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689668

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689668.001.0001

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Nadine

Nadine

Words as Violence and Misrecognition

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(p.105) Chapter 3 Nadine
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Downed By Friendly Fire
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Signithia Fordham

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816689668.003.0004

The third chapter follows the ethnographical narrative of one of the girls of the study, Nadine. Specifically, it examines the role of language in class and racialized intra-/inter gender issues between and among the Black, White and biracial study participants and their unending quest for status and normalcy. This is done by chronicling how a Black girl’s physical response to being called two of the vilest racial and gender terms—the n-word and the b-word—in the same sentence lead immediately to a 5-day suspension, while the White girl who uttered the words was deemed blameless in the conflict.

Keywords:   Race, Gender, Racism, Racial politics, Racial dynamics, Social dynamics, Racial identity, Derogatory language

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