Addressing a Professor’s Use of the N-Word

Colleen Flaherty
Inside Higher Ed

Excerpt: Claremont McKenna College stands accused of censoring faculty members who were discussing texts including Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. But the college, which is known for promoting freedom of expression, is pushing back on these allegations, saying that its actions have been misrepresented.

Like numerous academic freedom disputes within the last decade, the one playing out at Claremont McKenna turns on the N-word—namely, whether it’s acceptable for a professor to say the full word (not the euphemism) in class when quoting a text or a case study.