Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Poem "Nigger"

Dublin Core

Title

Poem "Nigger"

Description

This poem is titled with a racial slur to elaborate that it not only depicts slavery, but also speaks for black people generally. The poem is a description of enslaved blacks which calls them a "dead race." In discussing slavery, it contrasts their "hard roads and shackles" with their "lazy love of life" and singing that frightens whites. It finishes by dehumanizing them, deciding that, though they scare whites, they are "only" the title term.

Creator

Source

Battiato, J. "Nigger." <em>The Messenger</em> LVI, no. 7 (Commencement Number 1930): 10. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Messenger 1920

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1929-1930

Contributor

Gabby Kiser
Matt Mullen

Language

English

Type

Identifier

MessengerLVI.7.10-1930

Files

Citation

Battiato, J., “Poem "Nigger",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed September 20, 2020, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/109.