I finished Randall Kennedy's book yesterday. It hasn't helped me come to any conclusions on the subject, but it has given me much to think about.
The concern that Mr. Kennedy raised that I had never thought much on was what if anything should be done about the use of "nigger-as insult".
When presented with that question, I'm left wondering how can we deal with such a subject without trampling on everyone's free speech rights. My current leaning is towards the proposition that the use of "nigger-as insult" can and shoult be a mitigating factor during any criminal proceeding against the target of the slur. For example, if someone physically assaults another person after being called a nigger, the fact that the slur was used should be a determining factor in deciding that person's punishment.
That's about it for today.