A Fight In Germany Over Racist Language : The New Yorker

02/01/2013 06:18 am ET
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On Sunday, Denis Scheck, one of Germany’s preëminent literary critics painted his face black and went on TV to make the case that children’s books from an earlier era should not be rewritten get rid of terms like Neger. In German, the word translates roughly to “Negro,” and, though once standard, is now considered outdated and racist.

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