Res Ipsa Media presents
Trial by Jury: The Case of the N-Word
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Dramatized Litigation • Controversial Deliberation • Interactive Participation
During a Black History Month lesson on the civil rights movement, Tiffany Johnson, a 4th grader, was exposed to The N-word for the first time. Tiffany’s teacher, Ms. Cunningham, taught the class about brave marches through threatening crowds of hecklers, and the courage required to remain peaceful amid taunts and jeers, particularly the frequent hurling of the invective epithet.
Tiffany’s parents were incensed to learn that their child’s well-heeled private school education included the deliberate use of the controversial term. Until then, they had taken precaution to shield Tiffany from its sting. Now, their 9-year-old is on the B-side of a bell that can’t be un-rung.
Accordingly, the Johnsons have filed a lawsuit against the school, seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress. They argue that their daughter was too young and too tender and that the subject matter should be left to parents to administer. In their defense, the school argues that the lesson was age appropriate, and that the academic setting is most conducive for dissecting the intricacies of racial discourse.
In this provocative interactive event, participants will watch a filmed dramatization of the trial and then engage in deliberation as if they were the jury, considering questions such as:
What impact can be measured by the infliction or mere utterance of the N-Word?
How does The N-Word strengthen a bond or pierce the sheer membrane of civility?
What would happen if The N-Word were put on trial?