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Black figures command a powerful presence in the popular mind — for example, Oprah, Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope and the Obamas are a few illustrious stand-outs on the "O" tip (over-shadowing O.J.) And among them, the nigger continues to rear its three (or more) heads: The grotesque head , most notably, recently, on the University of Oklahoma frat bus. The paradoxical head in pop culture; rap music, in particular. The sarcastic head in African American visual art. The______________________ (fill in the blank). The nigger head deep in all our heads. African American visual artists have probed a “nigger” concept burrowed so deep in the American collective consciousness that it may never be completely expunged unless we become a totally racially amalgamated people — obliterate every trace of "otherness." Most African American …
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