PBS NewsHour

How the n-word became the 'atomic bomb of racial slurs'

Clip: 10/25/2016 | 8m 49s

Its effect can be explosive and painful: Harvard University professor Randall Kennedy has traced the history of the n-word to understand the evolution of the infamous racial slur. Kennedy joins special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault to discuss this history, including reappropriations of the word and the complexities and damages of its usage today.

Aired: 10/25/16

Rating: NR

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