A white teacher who says he was disciplined for using the n-word in a “teachable moment” about the perils of racism with his sixth-grade class has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging his black principal and Chicago Public Schools violated his civil rights by suspending him without pay for five days.
Lincoln Brown, 48, says he used the n-word in front of his majority African-American class at Murray Language Academy on Oct. 4 last year after one of his students passed a note to a girl with rap lyrics including the n-word.
Brown — who grew up in Hyde Park and has taught in black neighborhood schools for 21 years — “attempted to give his own denunciation of the use of such language” according to the lawsuit filed Thursday.
He discussed the use of the racial slur in Huckleberry Finn in an attempt to show “how upsetting such language can be,” but just as he used the n-word, the school’s principal, Gregory Mason walked into the classroom, the lawsuit alleges. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Easy Related Posts
The world watches Ferguson, but racial discrimination is also a health issue across the US
The killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, ...read more
Ferguson fallout: Black Americans grapple with victim-blaming
When police in Ferguson, Missouri, released a video showing Michael Brown allegedly robbing a store ...read more
Simple Statistics Help Explain Black Anger and Frustration
To gain a valuable understanding of Black frustration in America, consider this statistic: the typical ...read more
Ferguson's Experience Offers Lessons on Integration
Sharon Golliday grew up in the Pruett-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis, a high-rise ...read more