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Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Ph.D, is an associate professor of history at Smith College. Dr. Pryor is the author of an award winning article, “The Etymology of [N-Word]: Resistance, Language and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North” and 2016’s monograph Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War. Her new project, which developed out of her research and teaching, is an historical and pedagogical study of the n-word framed, in part, by her experience as a biracial woman in the United States who is also the daughter of iconic comedian Richard Pryor. Dr. Pryor is an award-winning teacher with 10 years experience teaching the...
The n-word, a word prevalent in both racist and anti-racist documents, art, literature and politics, and is wreaking havoc across U.S. classrooms. With personal, pedagogical and historical perspective--framed in part by her experience as a biracial woman who is also the daughter of iconic comedian Richard Pryor--Dr. Pryor reflects on some of the reasons the n-word is so hard to talk about.
"In the United States, the college classroom is in crisis, but what looks like a problem of freedom of speech, is really a problem of pedagogy."