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Names and Titles in Gloria Naylor's novel, Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean - Names and Titles in Gloria Naylor's novel, Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean   "Words themselves are innocuous; it is the consensus that gives them true power." (Naylor 344) A name is a mark of classification, a basis for self identity. Able to elevate or annihilate a persons' perception of herself and the surrounding society, these designations can uplift, joke, chide, mock, insult, degrade. "Society" implies the people and the atmosphere encompassing an individual in her daily life. "Culture" is closely tied to the society of a person--it is the aspects of her life which are directly influenced by such issues as race, color, nationality, religion, sexuality, and any other number of things that mark a person as distinct....   [tags: Mommy What Does Nigger Mean Essays]
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Comparing the Loss of Innocence in Cullen's Incident and Naylor’s Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean? - Loss of Innocence in Cullen's Incident and Naylor’s Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean.   Unfortunately, a question that many African Americans have to ask in childhood is "Mommy, what does nigger mean?," and the answer to this question depicts the racism that still thrives in America (345). Both Gloria Naylor’s "'Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean?'" and Countee Cullen's "Incident" demonstrate how a word like "nigger" destroys a child’s innocence and initiates the child into a world of racism.  Though the situations provoking the racial slur differ, the word "nigger" has the same effect on the young Naylor and the child in Cullen’s poem....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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And That's the Word - And That’s The Word The meaning of a word can have a major impact on how you use it. Only a simple word people choose to use can have enough power. It can affect people, community, and even culture. These three authors have something in common. Nancy Mairs, Gloria Naylor and Leonard Pitts Jr. show how the meaning of a word can have such a large impact. These essays show how the language can impact accordingly. In Mairs, “On Being a Cripple” she believes the word crippled the more proper definition for her condition than other words like disabled and handicapped....   [tags: Language] 806 words
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The Imprint of Words - The Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary defines the word hate as; “to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward someone or something” (Dictionary.com). A more significant definition to the term hate would be, having a strong dislike towards someone or something, because of the race, actions, or accomplishments. Do words hurt. The perpetrator may say oh they are just words and I did not really mean it. However, once an individual allows hurtful words to escape from their mouth the damage has already been done, whether they meant to say it or not....   [tags: Abuse]
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Repercussions of Racial Hate - Repercussions of Racial Hate "I hate lima beans. Mom, please don't make me eat those, they're soo gross!" kids say things like this all the time. Hate, it rolls off the tongue with ease; yet, we do not feel the power it brings. We learn hate at a young age, no matter what background we grow up in. From children of Klansmen to intercity father-less poor kids, and yes even to our seemly protected clean suburbs. Children are so impressionable; if mommy tells you to hate the niggers b/c they're bringing our society down or if daddy says to hate the white man for he's the one holding us down and keeping us moneyless, children will listen and imitate the hatred we portray....   [tags: Papers] 1104 words
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