October 05, 2007

Alexie uses n-word with kids

Speaker stirs the pot with racist anecdote

Author says it was necessary to make point"A kid says it in the book. I say it when I tell the story," Alexie said. "It is described before the joke is said as the most vile and evil thing my narrator has ever heard. It is described as vile and evil. The kid says it, and then he gets punched in the face (by the narrator) for saying it."

Nonetheless, when he told that story at North, some in the audience "started flipping out," said two North students when asked Wednesday to describe the scene. They said those who were offended reacted vocally and physically, letting their opinions of Alexie's presentation be known as they knocked chairs aside while walking out of his speech.

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