Thursday, May 30, 2013





Teacher fired for using the Spanish word for "black"

A Bronx teacher has filed a lawsuit claiming she was fired for using the word 'negro' in class. 'Negro' is the Spanish word for the color black.

One of the first lessons one learns in English class is that context is everything. The same holds true in Spanish.

Take the case of Petrona Smith. She says in a lawsuit that she was fired from teaching at Bronx PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader reported that she'd used the "N" word, according to The New York Post:  'Negro.'

Smith doesn't deny using the word. But she argues that everyone uses it, when speaking Spanish. She was teaching the Spanish words for different colors, and the color "black" in Spanish is "negro." She also taught the junior high school students, in this bilingual school, that the Spanish term for black people is "moreno." And by the way, Smith, who is from the West Indies, is black.   

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism..." -- Spider

Anonymous said...

"Never give a sucker an even break..." -- WC Fields

Anonymous said...

Mist in German means dung or sh1t, call the FCC and complain next time you see a Sierra Mist commercial on TV.

Anonymous said...

Why do children go to school if they know better than the teacher?! (And why are they free to sue the teacher for anything their ignorant opinions disagree with?)

Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia:

The term "Negro" is still used in some historical contexts, such as in the name of the United Negro College Fund and the Negro league in sports.

The United States Census Bureau announced that "Negro" would be included on the 2010 United States Census, alongside "Black" and "African-American" because some older black Americans still self-identify with the term

Olaf Koenders said...

How dare they call anyone "white"!

Anonymous said...

Stupidity really knows no bounds

Anonymous said...

Both the terms "black" and "white" to refer to people's race or ethnicity is childishly simplistic, and equivalent to myopically seeing things in terms of only "black and white". The scienctific terms "negroid" and "caucasian" were more meaningful. Or at least it would be more accurate to say "afric" or "euric", or some such derived term from african and european.

Anonymous said...

President Obama (peace be upon him) is half white.

Anonymous said...

the left has a lot of phobias, a lot.