Seriously. This should be on the satirical news site The Onion, it’s so bad.
A junior high Spanish Teacher in the Bronx got terminated from her job because students complained that she used the word “negro” in class. Apparently, four students banded together and insisted that she used the word in a racially inflammatory manner. Let’s count the problems with this story here. Are you ready?
- In case you are unaware, the word for “black” in Spanish is, you guessed it, “negro.” So, it is fairly likely that the word negro has been used in every Spanish class in America and the rest of the world. As a matter of fact, you could make a strong argument that Spanish teachers everywhere should be terminated if they didn’t say the word negro in class, because teaching basic primary colors and their Spanish equivalents is pretty common in Spanish class.
- Negro is not exactly the most inflammatory word you can use. I mean, yeah, maybe calling blacks Negroes is not something you just do while you are going down the street, but it’s still quite a stone’s throw shy of another similar word that starts with an “N.”
- The school this lady that got canned at is bilingual.
- Oh yeah. The teacher is black herself.
So, in recap, a black Spanish teacher at a bilingual school got fired from her job because she used the word “negro” in class, which happens to the word for “black” in Spanish. In the Bronx no less.
We’re not saying that racism doesn’t exist and isn’t a real problem in our society still in 2013. But we are saying that maybe we could use a dose of common sense sometimes in the ways we proceed dealing with supposed racist remarks, actions, and anything else that fits under the ever-increasingly silly politically-correct umbrella.