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Teacher suspended for remark "nappy"
tampabay.com ^ | 07/31/07 | THOMAS C. TOBIN

Posted on 08/01/2007 4:47:17 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3

The Pinellas School Board on Tuesday approved a one-day suspension for a white teacher who referred to the hair of an African American girl as "nappy."

The board voted 5-2 in favor of the suspension and diversity training for Belcher Elementary teacher Porsha Call.

Board members Linda Lerner and Janet Clark voted against the unpaid suspension, saying they did not consider the word racially offensive. "I don't use the term nappy. I've used the word frizzy for my own hair at times," said Lerner, who agreed with a related recommendation that Call receive diversity training. "I did not realize it was an offensive word."

Board member Janet Clark agreed, saying she found a Web site called “A Nappy Hair Affair,” which seemed to celebrate the word.

"I don't know that the word is racially offensive," Clark said. "I'm not black, so I can't speak from personal experience. But it is an adjective, correct? It describes your hair."

Mary Brown, the board's only black member, said the term has been used in a negative way to describe black people.

Board member Nancy Bostock noted that the teacher signed a document agreeing to the suspension. She said the one-day suspension reflected that the remark was not as offensive as some others. The typical punishment for a racially offensive remark is three to five days, she noted.

Officials said the remark violated a district policy prohibiting employees from making "inappropriate or disparaging remarks to or about students or exposing a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement."

According to an account by the district's Office of Professional Standards, a student asked Call why another teacher was combing the hair of an African American girl. Call responded, "She is trying to do something to her nappy hair." Another teacher reported the remark to an administrator.

Call, a veteran teacher with a good employment record, told investigators she did not know the term was offensive.

The term "nappy" became the topic of a national debate in April when radio personality Don Imus used it as part of a larger statement criticizing the Rutgers University women's basketball team. Imus was fired for making a racial slur.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; hair; nappy; suspended; teacher

1 posted on 08/01/2007 4:47:18 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

They call it that. So what’s the problem? She should just say she was communicating in Ebonics.


2 posted on 08/01/2007 4:49:00 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

pinellas-county-is-the-devil’s-winter-home alert.


3 posted on 08/01/2007 4:49:33 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Life is an episode of Green Acres. THEN you die.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I think this is one of those words that only African Americans are allowed to use.


4 posted on 08/01/2007 4:50:22 PM PDT by Menehune56 (Oderint Dum Metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear - Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC)))
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To: TornadoAlley3

Being unfamiliar with the term, the first encounter with it (personally) could have been from the BBC: nappy in British English is diaper. So basically the term is ‘diaper-head.’


5 posted on 08/01/2007 4:50:40 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

More tripe from the

WORD POLICE.

6 posted on 08/01/2007 4:52:42 PM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Be careful freepers. Bill O’Crapbrain O’Reilly is watching and he might report on your posts tonight. He is trying to up his ratings on the backs of those who read Free Republic.


7 posted on 08/01/2007 4:54:59 PM PDT by cquiggy
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To: TornadoAlley3
Mary Brown, the board's only black member, said the term has been used in a negative way to describe black people.

Ban the English language! Oh wait ¿no trabajará, si prohibimos inglés qué lengua nosotros utiliza?

....

8 posted on 08/01/2007 4:59:40 PM PDT by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: TornadoAlley3
This is so ridiculous. Diversity training? So now this teacher will learn what a humiliating, degrading racist she is, taught by a professional racist.

I am sick of the whole diversity thing. Sick of it. People are different; that's OK. People should feel able to express themselves; that's OK too.

9 posted on 08/01/2007 5:00:02 PM PDT by Sender (A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Imus was fired for making a racial slur.

Imus was fired for the "ho" part, not the "nappy" part. Had he called them "nappy-headed beauties" he'd still be employed.

10 posted on 08/01/2007 5:01:21 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Another teacher reported the remark to an administrator.

Oh, I see. That's how these incidents get started. Mee-ow!

11 posted on 08/01/2007 5:02:54 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: TornadoAlley3

I hope the school board doesn’t take away the teacher’s pension just to save a few pennies. That’d be niggardly!


12 posted on 08/01/2007 5:04:14 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Still Thinking

Hmmm...looks like a new N-word alert to me.


13 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:03 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: TornadoAlley3

“The Pinellas School Board on Tuesday approved a one-day suspension for a white teacher who referred to the hair of an African American girl as “nappy.””

I wonder, if two black teachers were walking down the hallway conversing and referring to one another as “nigga” wouldn’t they have to be suspended?


14 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:07 PM PDT by Grunthor
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To: TornadoAlley3
nap·py 1 Pronunciation (np)
adj. nap·pi·er, nap·pi·est
1. Having a nap; fuzzy.
2. Kinky; frizzy.



15 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:53 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Grunthor

Why is this news in America?

Hell, I’ve been called every name in the book.

If she’s nappy, she must be happy.

Like Jesse, I love a good rhyme.


16 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:19 PM PDT by Hilltop (?)
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To: SamuraiScot

yea, you are right.
If a person is not offended, don’t worry, there’s always someone out there that will be offended FOR YOU.
That’s where most of these cases start. It’s not a person involved, it’s the people who interject themselves into the story by being offended for someones else and filing a complaint.


17 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:18 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: TornadoAlley3

I would love to be her lawyer right about now.


18 posted on 08/01/2007 5:17:02 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Menehune56

In the “Nappy-headed Ho’s” statement, I thought that the reference to the women’s moral character was the issue at hand.


19 posted on 08/01/2007 5:19:00 PM PDT by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: TornadoAlley3

That’s a descriptive term used by African-Americans. This is beyond ridiculous.


20 posted on 08/01/2007 5:27:58 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Still Thinking

This may get me banned, but, piss on a bunch of diversity training.

This is 2007, no more coddling of any “ethnic” group.


21 posted on 08/01/2007 5:29:02 PM PDT by Hilltop (?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Yes, this is another one of those words that can be used by blacks amongst themselves, but is offensive when other races use it.

A quick Google comes up with these:
http://www.happy-to-be-nappy.com
http://www.nappturality.com/
http://www.nappyhairaffair.com/index.htm
http://www.amazon.com/Nappy-Dragonfly-Books-Carolivia-Herron/dp/0679894454

But only blacks can call their hair “nappy” and get away with it. Otherwise it’s offensive and grounds for a lawsuit or suspension. Logic has no place here.

Here is why “nappy” is offensive — according to a black victicrat (to use Larry Elder’s term) who, in typical fashion, needs to go back to the days of slavery and “300 years of painful racial history” in order to “explain” why the word is offensive in the 21st century:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/04/12/why_nappy_is_offensive/

Granted, Don Imus shouldn’t have called the basketball team’s players “nappy-headed ho’s.” Very bad decision on his part, and I’m not defending him. But I also find it a little funny that the author of this article (and tons of other talking heads and bloggers) got all up in arms about his saying “nappy,” but not much mention of “ho.”


22 posted on 08/01/2007 5:29:28 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: Menehune56

“I think this is one of those words that only African Americans are allowed to use.”

Total absurdity. Why should someone have their employment threatened when someone can’t even determine if the term is offensive in the first place? You can lose your job for saying anything.


23 posted on 08/01/2007 5:29:49 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Looking back on when I was a little nappy-headed boy."

Stevie Wonder needs diversity training!

24 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:04 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: TornadoAlley3

Our culture is so delicate.

Ripe for conquest, really.


25 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:01 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: Domandred

Nappy appears to describe the board’s treatment of the teacher.


26 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:26 PM PDT by Steamburg (Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

OH, NO!!!!

Anything but nappy.

Get the REVERENDS Jesse and Al to shakedown somebody, QUICK!!!


27 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:32 PM PDT by Western Wa Independent Voter (Banned repeatedly by the tolerant, diverse left)
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To: TornadoAlley3
It is noteworthy that are beleaguered teacher pled not justification in her defense, but ignorance. It is noteworthy because it reveals how far into the swamps of subjectivism that political correctness has led us. This is a major concession. It says that it matters not what the plain meaning of the English language is but what matters is only the subjective reaction of a favored class. The teacher did not say, "I stand here upon my rights and be damned" she said in effect, "I have no rights, I am too unworthy to have rights, I can only plead ignorance."

I recall vaguely the city official of Washington, DC who is a totally forced out of a position of responsibility because the African-American "community" was ignorant of the plain meaning of the English-language word, "niggardly." Now we see the same kangaroo court applied the word, "nappy."

Subjectivism is a deadly disease made more virolent by political correctness when it invests in favored groups the power arbitrarily to exercise mind control over groups (like whites) who are unfavored because they do not qualify as victims. Maybe we need a little bit of the fairness doctrine in real life.


28 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:23 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: bannie

A day’s suspension beats diversity training hands-down.


29 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:34 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: Hilltop

As a footnote:The other teacher was,according this this article, in a classroom setting, combing the hair of another student?

I’m sure, it was the fair-skinned homeroom teacher that had spare time to devote to the finer art of hair combing.

That’s a detail I’d like to know, why it was not part of this specious article, and what are the repercussions of a teacher doing this in a classroom setting.


30 posted on 08/01/2007 5:37:46 PM PDT by Hilltop (?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

nappy nappy nappy. Sue me.


31 posted on 08/01/2007 5:45:41 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: CrappieLuck
If a person is not offended, don’t worry, there’s always someone out there that will be offended FOR YOU.

That would be the Libs... The same people in Congress that passed a resolution requesting the Japanese to apologize for to Koreans, Chinese, and Philiipine-ese(however you say it) for using some of their women in WWII as "Comfort Women". I didn't know it was their place to ask for an apology for another country.

32 posted on 08/01/2007 5:54:38 PM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: TornadoAlley3

33 posted on 08/01/2007 5:56:10 PM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
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To: Still Thinking

These people are ridiculous. Only a bunch of liberal white stiffs would make a big deal out of this.


34 posted on 08/01/2007 6:03:05 PM PDT by peeps36 (OUTLAWED WORDS--INSURGENT,GLOBAL WARMING,UNDOCUMENTED WORKER,PALESTINIAN,TERMINATED PREGNANCY)
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To: nathanbedford

“I recall vaguely the city official of Washington, DC who is a totally forced out of a position of responsibility because the African-American “community” was ignorant of the plain meaning of the English-language word, ‘niggardly.’”

That was my first thought. Sometimes I wonder if I know more about Black Studies than many black people.

I once made a reference to the “noble savage” mythologies in race relations. Sadly, a Metis lady heard me say that, and ignorant of the history of the “Noble Savage” discussion, ripped me a new one. No amount of references or impromptu education made her stop the rants.

ohhh... HELLO BILL O’REILLY STAFF!!! GLAD YOU’RE READING MY STUFF!!!!


35 posted on 08/01/2007 6:06:17 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: TornadoAlley3

Seems to me the other board members were being niggardly in the application of common sense.


36 posted on 08/01/2007 7:10:59 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: TornadoAlley3
But doesn’t the very use of the word “nappy” demonstrate diversity and inclusion? Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. That’s the beauty of PC.
37 posted on 08/01/2007 7:33:54 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: TornadoAlley3

This is totally retarded.


38 posted on 08/01/2007 7:37:46 PM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: TornadoAlley3
It’s almost nappy time for me. (I hope O’Reilly doesn’t see this.)
39 posted on 08/01/2007 7:40:32 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Mohamed was not a moderate Muslim)
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To: rabidralph
"Looking back on when I was a little nappy-headed boy." Stevie Wonder needs diversity training!

Nah, he's black, only whites get punishment like that.

40 posted on 08/01/2007 7:41:25 PM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: TornadoAlley3

Best thing that could happen here would be that the girl whose hair was being combed, or her parents, just speak up and say they weren’t offended because they understand that the teacher was only making an innocent remark and meant no harm.

But of course that never happens. That would make too much sense.


41 posted on 08/01/2007 7:43:36 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: Sender

Free country?

Free speech?


42 posted on 08/01/2007 7:45:42 PM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: Menehune56

N? N?


43 posted on 08/01/2007 8:02:23 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: neodad

I can’t understand the big deal. The teacher is right, it is an adjective to describe hair.


44 posted on 08/01/2007 8:06:33 PM PDT by tioga
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To: TornadoAlley3

Those Kindergarden teachers better not say nappy time!


45 posted on 08/01/2007 8:11:17 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ChessExpert

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.adversity.net/special/nappy_hair.htm&revid=1994740675&sa=X&oi=revisions_inline&resnum=1&ct=result&cd=2&usg=AFQjCNFZkKpAAnaLBDt7URMqVZKN4yCm1Q


46 posted on 08/01/2007 8:20:52 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.”)
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To: TornadoAlley3

“I did not realize it was an offensive word.”

I guess she did not watch the 24 hour news coverage of Imus. I think she must have known.


47 posted on 08/01/2007 8:22:59 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: TornadoAlley3
"...teacher Porsha Call"

(from "A Fish Called Wanda") "Why would they name their daughter after a car?"

Seems like an illiterate try at 'Portia'...IMHO

48 posted on 08/02/2007 8:44:04 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the "No Child/Left/Behind" Party)
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