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Black Spanish teacher claims she was fired for using the word ‘negro’ in class
yahoo.com | May 24, 2013

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. It’s 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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: negro; vanity; zerotolerance

1 posted on 05/24/2013 9:14:06 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

The police state speech police in this country can get pretty rough.


2 posted on 05/24/2013 9:15:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: grundle
Oops! Forgot the link:

http://news.yahoo.com/black-spanish-teacher-claims-she-fired-using-word-141803930.html

3 posted on 05/24/2013 9:15:47 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

4 posted on 05/24/2013 9:17:13 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: grundle

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.


5 posted on 05/24/2013 9:17:24 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: grundle

Blanco=white
Negro=black
Rojo=red
Amarillo=yellow
Verde=green

and so on.


6 posted on 05/24/2013 9:18:22 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: grundle

So.... Technically then , the United Negro Colege Fund is actually a racist orginazation.

I’m gonna need a program to keep up


7 posted on 05/24/2013 9:18:31 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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To: grundle

El gato N-palabra.

8 posted on 05/24/2013 9:20:56 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: KarlInOhio

LOL!


9 posted on 05/24/2013 9:29:12 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

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.


10 posted on 05/24/2013 9:39:59 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: grundle

That was a niggardly reason to fire her.


11 posted on 05/24/2013 9:43:28 PM PDT by Mark (Obama is more confused than a hungry baby in a topless bar)
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To: tumblindice

“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.”


lol, pretty sure that wouldn’t have worked for me.


12 posted on 05/24/2013 9:46:47 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: grundle

#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.


13 posted on 05/24/2013 9:56:38 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

There certainly is a derogatory term for blacks in Spanish America..the word is mayate.


14 posted on 05/24/2013 10:00:05 PM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

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.


15 posted on 05/24/2013 10:05:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

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....


16 posted on 05/24/2013 10:09:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: grundle

>>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’


17 posted on 05/24/2013 10:15:32 PM PDT by vikingd00d (nulla seruitus turpior quam uoluntaria -- Seneca)
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To: grundle

NUTS

ComDem Insanity.


18 posted on 05/24/2013 10:26:59 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: wardaddy

“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?


19 posted on 05/24/2013 10:31:09 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: grundle

Hey, at least she didn’t say “Macaca”.


20 posted on 05/24/2013 10:56:44 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: grundle

What is Spanish for “Colored?”


21 posted on 05/24/2013 11:01:02 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: kabumpo
Actually it isn't Spanish, but I used to work with Mexicans at a restaurant and they used the perjorative n-word all the time. I guess they thought it was "cool" to use all the vulgar English words they knew.

I told them to stop, or they'd get their asses beat.

By some black dude who DIDN'T think it was "cool".

22 posted on 05/24/2013 11:02:40 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: grundle

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.


23 posted on 05/24/2013 11:07:10 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: grundle

The multi-color crayon in spanish will now be referred to as ‘african american shade.’

For the love of Pete...


24 posted on 05/24/2013 11:13:25 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Mark

My linguistic Australian scoffed at how ‘sensitive’ people were here... she learned quick.


25 posted on 05/24/2013 11:15:52 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
Because "Negro" was the most common term (other than Ni**er) up until the late '50s or early '60s, and is therefore associated with the more oppressive attitude towards blacks at the time. The assumption is that using that word means you automatically prefer the social mores of that era.

The permutations of what is, and is not, offensive when referring to ethnicity like that is myriad. And what makes it funny is that it is, ultimately, the actions of that particular ethnic background that eventually turn each euphemism into an offensive term, so then the ever-pandering left has to find a new one.


26 posted on 05/24/2013 11:18:18 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: grundle

The truth is.. most blacks are not black they are brown..
Calling them black is an ERROR... some are even Tan..


27 posted on 05/24/2013 11:25:28 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: aft_lizard

That word is not Spanish - and also is not the vernacular in the Caribbean, where most Spanish-speaking blacks live.


28 posted on 05/25/2013 12:17:43 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: grundle

Uhmmmm K.

How the hell else do you say black in Espanol?


29 posted on 05/25/2013 12:58:29 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: aft_lizard
There certainly is a derogatory term for blacks in Spanish America..the word is mayate.

What about negrata or negrito?

30 posted on 05/25/2013 1:10:32 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: grundle

I remember when they thought calling them black was an insult, they wanted to be called Negro at that time.


31 posted on 05/25/2013 1:19:42 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: grundle

Perhaps the operative phrase in this story is “The non-tenured, 65 year old...”. She had to be fired before was there long enough to get a pension.


32 posted on 05/25/2013 2:57:34 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Cowboy Bob

Mulato


33 posted on 05/25/2013 2:58:02 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: cynwoody

“Negrito” was the term applied to the small, bushmen-like peoples living near the Clark AFC bombing range in the Philippines.

More info

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negrito


34 posted on 05/25/2013 3:04:07 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: hosepipe

Correction: most American blacks are various shades of brown. But in parts of Africa blacks are actually black, even blue-black.


35 posted on 05/25/2013 4:09:34 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: aft_lizard

My Turkish friends in school used a word that translates as “stovepipe”...


36 posted on 05/25/2013 4:52:37 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks grundle.


37 posted on 05/25/2013 5:06:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: aft_lizard

Oh, great. Now we can’t use the M-palabra without offending someone. ;-p


38 posted on 05/25/2013 7:15:42 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: dagogo redux

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.


“The mind is a terrible thing. And it must be stopped in our time. Before I kill someone.”

— comedian Bob Nelson as “the football (foo-baw) player” — possibly one of the BEST comedy sketches ever done...


39 posted on 05/25/2013 10:30:38 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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To: BwanaNdege
“Negrito” was the term applied to the small, bushmen-like peoples living near the Clark AFC bombing range in the Philippines.

Interesting.

The Urban Dictionary definitely prefers negrata to negrito. In negrito's case, note the down-votes on definition 4. Also, none of the four UD definitions is the anthropological one (but, of course, this is the Urban Dictionary).

Google translates negrito to "pickaninny" and negrata to "nigger".

So, I conclude, negrata is the winner.

40 posted on 05/25/2013 12:02:32 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: kabumpo

It’s slang and I have heard it said many times around my spanish speaking friends. It literally means dung beetle, its also an insult to homosexuals.


41 posted on 05/25/2013 2:14:23 PM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: jespasinthru

Correction: most American blacks are various shades of brown. But in parts of Africa blacks are actually black, even blue-black.


True I’m talking mainly in the United States..
but in africa mostly they dont wear black as a badge.. of some nebulous thing..
To most of them it is merely a race.. culture is what counts.
Even most races are inbred to some extent.. even the Japanese..

Only in the US is black a nebulous handle, a politically correct symbol.. but the american(disease) is spreading..

Barack Obama is no more blacker than he is white..
Same with millions of so called blacks..


42 posted on 05/25/2013 11:30:30 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: aft_lizard

But it’s not a Spanish word. It’s a local Indian word.
And it’s a word that means something else, that is applied to Blacks.
Again, there is no word in Spanish that is a perjorative for Blacks like our N word.


43 posted on 05/26/2013 6:13:31 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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