These 5th graders in Washington State were rehearsing a MLK jr play and they were feeling really uncomfortable with the word “Negro”. In order to calm their concerns, the principal explained the “Negro” is not the same a ‘N’ (but used the actual word.)
Parents complained (of course) and now the principal is on leave while the district
tries to figure out if it will be a PR problem for them to let this go investigates.
Some of my immediate questions are:
1. Was the principal black?
2. Was it a predominantly black school? (Washington State, probably not)
3. Why do those two things matter to me?
Do you think it’s important for kids to know that the N word is a terrible word? How should that be communicated to them? Or do we leave the word alone? Kill it’s power?
What are your thoughts?
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