The N-word is one of the most divisive words in the history of the English language, and as such, one of the hardest to talk about. Because of this, we, a team of Grant Magazine videographers, put together this video report to shed light on the topic and start a discussion.
From its painful history to a movement to reclaim it, the N-word is unlike any other in our lexicon. Walk down the hallways and you’ll hear it. Log onto social media and you’ll see it. But there’s little conversation about its impact. The purpose of this issue is not to find an answer, but to spark the conversations that desperately need to be had.
My introduction to the word “nigger” was swift, painful and left an indelible imprint on my psyche. It happened more than 40 years ago on a walk home from elementary school with my older brother. He was ahead of me on the sidewalk and any attempt at getting him to ease his pace wasn’t working. “Slow down, nigger,” I said. He dropped his backpack, wheeled around and threw me to the ground. Then…
The Grant High School community must change its approach to addressing racism or progress will stall indefinitely.