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N*gga theory : race, language, unequal justice, and the law

Author / Creator
Armour, Jody David, author
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"America's criminal justice system is among the deadliest and most racist in the world and it disproportionately targets Black Americans, who are also disproportionately poor, hungry, houseless, jo...

"America's criminal justice system is among the deadliest and most racist in the world and it disproportionately targets Black Americans, who are also disproportionately poor, hungry, houseless, jobless, sick, and poorly educated. By every metric of misery, this nation does not act like Black Lives Matter. In order to break out of the trap of racialized mass incarceration and relentless racial oppression, we, as a society, need to rethink our basic assumptions about blame and punishment, words and symbols, social perceptions and judgments, morality, politics, and the power of the performing arts. N*gga Theory interrogates conventional assumptions and frames a transformational new way of thinking about law, language, moral judgments, politics, and transgressive art--especially profane genres like gangsta rap--and exposes where racial bias lives in the administration of justice and everyday life. Professor Jody Armour (Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism) calls for bold action: electing progressive prosecutors, defunding or dismantling the police, abolition of the prison industrial complex. But only after eradicating the anti-black bias buried in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans and baked into our legal system will we be able to say that Black Lives Matter in America"--Page [4] of cover.

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Creator
Jody Armour ; foreword by Larry Krassner ; introduction by Melina Abdullah
Other Title
  • Nigga theory
Format
Books
Publication
  • Los Angeles : Los Angeles Review of Books, [2020]
  • ©2020
Physical Details
  • xii, 262 pages ; 23 cm
ISBNs
9781940660684, 1940660688, 9781940660707
OCLC
on1129018774, on1189768501

  • "Note on the title: This book is titled N*gga Theory because I do not want to encourage non-black people to say the word "nigga" out loud, and because I recognize that some black folk also feel uncomfortable publicly uttering the troublesome epithet. I address these concerns within. Nevertheless, this books is really titled Nigga Theory, which is what I've called my brand of Critical Race Theory for years in law review articles, lectures, documentaries, and on social media. - Jody Armour" -- pre-title page.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-[257]) and index.

  • Nigga theory: a song of solidarity -- Contingency, irony, and solidarity in blame and punishment -- Moral luck in the social production of "niggas" -- Law in the social construction of "niggas" -- The midwifery properties of the N-word -- Metaphysical theatre and nigga theory in nine acts -- How race trumped class in 2016 -- Condemning "niggas" -- Nigga theory and praxis: where the rubber meets the road
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