Challenged Works

Tout Deschamps

By Yvon Deschamps


1998—After Deschamps, Quebec’s top francophone storyteller, and black comic Normand Brathwaite read excerpts from this book onto a cassette, a unilingual anglophone complained about a 29-year-old piece entitled “Nigger Black.” The complainant didn’t understand that the piece was anti-racist. Nonetheless, the complaint was published in Montreal’s Gazette, which ran a front-page attack on the alleged slur by Deschamps.

Update—To offset further controversy, stores across Quebec stopped selling the cassette two days later.

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