Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 11:03:39 -0500
From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU
Subject: Re: Two versions of AMERICAN TONGUES?
There are at least two versions of AT. The original contained footage of
a white person uttering the word "nigger"; ths drew so many objections
that they removed it. There may have been other editions as well, but I
know that this happened. The use of that particular racial slur so
distracted audiences that they missed everything else that was going
on--including (ironically) the film's implied message that the power of
racial slurs is incredible. We have thleorginal version in the Duke
library, and when I show it to students I always warn them lthat the word
will be there and that there is a reason for it (and I explain the
rerason). Otherwise, it takes a whole week to straighten things out.