“The Soul of a Privileged Nigg***” – Ike Bailey (Being Human lecture series)
About the talk: Professor Bailey explores the evolution of the n-word in relation to the experiences of his father, his son’s and his own, and what it means to live a life that emerged from poverty and strife and mutated into relative privilege and power but never lets you stop wondering if you really belong or ever will. It goes to the heart of what it means to be human in the field of journalism, particularly as a black native of the Deep South. How has one word dastardly been so instrumental in shaping how he views himself as a journalist, as a professor, as a human being, whether it is hurled at him as a slur because some disapprove of something he has written or his thought process of when and how to mention the word in his writing or speeches?
About the speaker: Isaac “Ike” Bailey is Davidson College’s Batten Professor and taught journalism and applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University for several years. He is a veteran journalist who has won numerous awards for writing and reporting. Bailey was one of 12 journalists in the country chosen to be a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has published widely, including The New York Times, Politico Magazine, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer and CNN.com His 2018 book, “My Brother Moochie,” which discusses the effects of the criminal justice system on black families, has received critical acclaim and has been featured in the New York Times. His latest book is “Why Didn’t We Riot? A Black Man in Trumpland,” published in 2020 by Other Press.