Black Education / Schools : Black Teacher Fired For Word 'Negro'

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  1. MsInterpret

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    Black teacher fired for word 'negro'
    By NY Post -
    A Bronx teacher says her language lesson was lost in translation when she was fired for calling a student "Negro" — though she claims she was simply using the Spanish word for the color "black" at the time, according to a new lawsuit.
    The non-tenured junior high instructor, Petrona Smith, 65, was booted from the bilingual PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader reported the alleged insult.
    Smith, who is black and a native of the West Indies, has been unemployed since her ouster.
    "They haven't even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who's black to be using a racial slur to a student," said Shaun Reid, Smith's attorney. "Talk about context! There's a lot of things wrong here."
    The instructor took a hiatus from teaching special education in 2005 to learn Spanish in South America, because she was passionate about learning the language in a cultural context, Reid said.
    Smith was also accused of calling her students "failures."
    But in court papers she claims that second insult was also a misinterpretation.
    Smith had allegedly asked students who had failed a test to move to the back of the room, but says she never called them failures.
    She denied calling the student a "Negro," and explained to investigators that she was teaching a lesson about how to say different colors in Spanish and said the word "negro," which is Spanish for the color black. She told her students that it was not a derogatory term and that the Spanish word for a black person was "moreno."


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    I heard her official statement was dismissed by "Whatever Negro."
     
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    'negro' isnt a derogatory term where spanish is concerned. its not even pronounced the same.
    is there more to this story? I find this whole thing...slightly ridiculous.

    I'd sue the hell out if the school district if I were her.
     
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    I guess it might be said in a poor tone.

    This whole thing can get out of hand. It sounds like a way to get rid of this teacher, and hire a younger teacher for less money. It's one incident, and the teacher is an African-American.
     
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