Petrona Smith, an Afro-Latino Spanish teacher, was fired from New York City‚Äôs PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader complained she was using the word ‚Äúnegro.‚ÄĚ
But the teacher insists she was teaching a lesson on colors and was using the word “negro” for the color black. She is now suing the city.
‚ÄúThey haven‚Äôt even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who‚Äôs black to be using a racial slur to a student,‚ÄĚ said Shaun Reid, Smith‚Äôs attorney. ‚ÄúTalk about context! There‚Äôs a lot of things wrong here.‚ÄĚ