(Scroll down to “Writers Archive” and click on “Len Lawson.”)
has meant a great deal to me, since I’m guilty of using it in my antebellum novels. I tried alternatives. A substitute merely transformed my historical fiction into a 21st century politically correct piece of writing. Aside from that, words like African, slave, and bondsman don’t convey the anguish, degradation, and trauma of nigger. What was slavery if it wasn’t anguish, degradation, and trauma?
Nigger exposes an historical truth by its very existence. That truth hurts, and we want distance. Not only blacks but whites want to get away from it. We don't want to repeat history.