Gromnir Posted March 11, 2015 Share Posted March 11, 2015 (edited) I don't think I've ever said N-word in a discussion either. I usually just say a derogatory word or a slur when discussing language with students. one wonders if you would be able to do so if were teaching in oakland... or if you were speaking at a pta meeting. HA! Good Fun! I get a surprising amount of Asian slurs in my area, although in 7th grade it is still pretty innocent. For many years the students referred to the three different levels of math at our school as white math (low) Chinese math (regular) and Indian math (advanced). It was hard not to chuckle a bit at the fact that the white kids were our low performers. statistically, is our understanding that the single highest performing demographic for math and science in US public schools is african immigrants. *shrug* am not able to think o' a situation in which we would want or need to use a racial slur, but am always struck by how careful public figures must be. clearly in a round-table discussion on pbs there should be no need to self-censor and say "the n-word" when describing events in ferguson or nyc, and yet... use racial slurs is bad. am not sure why anybody would complain that they don't get to free use racial slurs. even so, the way public figures (and many other folks) needs fall over themselves avoiding particular words is... silly. HA! Good Fun! Edited March 11, 2015 by Gromnir 1 "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927) "Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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