Black Spanish Teacher Fired for Using the Word ‘Negro’ in Class

Negro is the word for the color "black" in Spanish

be newsPetrona Smith, an Afro-Latino Spanish teacher, was fired from New York City’s PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader complained she was using the word “negro.”

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.

“They haven’t even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who’s black to be using a racial slur to a student,” said Shaun Reid, Smith’s attorney. “Talk about context! There’s a lot of things wrong here.”

 

 



4 Responses to Black Spanish Teacher Fired for Using the Word ‘Negro’ in Class

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  3. Human Race says:

    The word “negro” isn’t even a slur! WhiteHouse.gov says:

    — Black or African American. A person having origins
    in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or
    “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American.”

    Either NEGRO is ok or it’s not!!!

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