Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 11:03:39 -0500 From: Ronald Butters 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.