Skip to comments.Black Spanish teacher claims she was fired for using the word ‘negro’ in class
Posted on 05/24/2013 9:14:06 PM PDT by grundle
In the annals of political correctness run amok in American schools, this story if true is easily an all-timer.
A junior-high school Spanish teacher has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired from P.S. 211 in the Bronx in March 2012 because of a misunderstanding over the word negro.
The non-tenured teacher, 65-year-old Petrona Smith, maintains that she was instructing her class about how to say the various basic colors in Spanish, reports the New York Post. The word negro naturally came up because negro is the Spanish word for black.
A seventh-grade student in the class took offense at the term, however, believing the word to be a racial slur. Its not clear if Smith directed the term at the student. Whatever the case, he reported the incident to school officials.
But, wait. It gets better. Smith, a native of the West Indies, is black. And to top it all off, P.S. 211 is bilingual.
The police state speech police in this country can get pretty rough.
Where I used to work years ago, I walked up to a table full of my black friends to sit during a lunch break. One of them asked, “How’d you find us?” I replied, pulling out my phone, “I used my negro detector.” They got a good laugh out of it, though apparently they informed me it could be taken as racist by the wrong people. I had no clue. They still use it as an example of my insanity whenever they talk about me.
and so on.
So.... Technically then , the United Negro Colege Fund is actually a racist orginazation.
I’m gonna need a program to keep up
Even funnier would have been your sampling everyones’ lunches, and then saying:
“Hey, let’s not be niggardly with the fries!”
No? Welcome to FR, etc., btw.
That was a niggardly reason to fire her.
“Even funnier would have been your sampling everyones lunches, and then saying:
Hey, lets not be niggardly with the fries!
No? Welcome to FR, etc., btw.”
lol, pretty sure that wouldn’t have worked for me.
#1. The word negro in English is not a slur.
#2. The word negro/negra in Spanish (pronounced NAY grow; NAY grah) means black as in the color (un sombrero negro, a black hat; tinta negra, black ink). It is also a term of endearment. It also refers to Black people.
#3. There is no perjorative racial word or slur for Black people in Spanish. There is no n word. To make a racial slur, you’d have to add an adjective, like ugly, evil, etc.
#4. The administrators at this school are illiterate and should be fired.
There certainly is a derogatory term for blacks in Spanish America..the word is mayate.
Search: ‘Lenny Bruce and the word nigger’. He tried to argue that if we used the word like socialists (over) used the word ‘fascist’ it would lose its ability to hurt others.
George Orwell wrote that eventually fascist lost any real meaning among some groups and eventually came to mean something unpleasant or undesirable, e.g. “That fascist waiter stuck his thumb in my soup!”
Of course, Bruce died with his pants around his ankles and a needle in his arm. So never mind.
Wow....you have black friends you get to call negro?
How cool is that?
Sure beats wazzup my ni$$as!
That would be more accurate
Negro should not be considered offensive....
>>The word negro naturally came up because negro is the Spanish word for black.
Lucky for her she wasn’t teaching Latin, then she’d REALLY be in trouble. In Latin, ‘black’ = ‘niger’
“Negro should not be considered offensive....”
I’m still not exactly sure WHY or HOW it’s offensive. That’s why I was quite dumbfounded when they warned me afterwards to be careful saying that amongst non-friends. It’s still used as an example, like I said, of my alleged audacity. Whether it’s actually audacious or not... who knows?
Hey, at least she didn’t say “Macaca”.
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