World History

Eulogy for Nigger

First published in 2007, reworked in 2008 and again in 2014, the essay has always carried the provocative title above – given by its writer David Bradley – though it has seldom been used verbatim. However, says the author, by such apparent reluctance to offend, people collude in the very wrongs he wants to right: the glossing-over of prejudice, and the denial of a distinct American ‘Nigger’ experience. This week, Notting Hill Editions awarded the eulogy its biennial £20,000 Essay Prize and published it in a new anthology. In acknowledgment and appreciation, we republish it here