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Black Women and the Other "N" Word

by aretha marbley - May 15, 2007

Triggered by Don Imus calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" and the seemingly endless dialogue that ensued thereafter, the author shares her reflections of decades of her and other Black women being called the other "N" word: nappy-headed. She believes that, like skin color, this was yet another way of creating stratification among Black women, subjecting them to a socially constructed and White society's notions of beauty while deflecting from the real issues of health, welfare, education, and prison reform plaguing African American women.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 15, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14484, Date Accessed: 5/14/2021 10:08:22 AM

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  • aretha marbley
    Texas Tech University
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    ARETHA MARBLEY is an Associate Professor and Director of Community Counseling in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University and Regional Six Director and President Elect for the National Association for Multicultural Education. Her research areas in mental health and education are critical multicultural theory, the experiences of communities and people of color, and diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. She is a National Holmes Alumnus scholar whose respect for human diversity is reflected in her work.
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