Reported by Ashley Naples
Although media outlets in the United States recognized the 50th anniversary of the historical “March On Washington” Civil Rights Movement in 2014, race relations seem to have only worsened since then. Laws that Civil Rights leaders fought long and hard to maintain have reversed (e.g. voter laws, Affirmative Action) and the twice election of the nation’s first bi-racial (African and white American) president seems to have presented an allusion of a post-racial society. Sadly though, Pres. Obama has had more death threats than any other president in the recorded history of US presidents. He has also presided over the least productive Congress in the recorded history of the US.
Racism has permeated throughout the United States’ judicial system (e.g. Black men are sentenced 19.5% longer sentences than white men for the same crime, per the US Sentencing Commission), its healthcare system (e.g. the catastrophic Tuskegee Study), and even its school system (Black children are more likely to be pushed through the school-to-prison pipeline than any other ethnic group, per the Children’s Defense Fund).
The youth are generally color blind as it pertains to race; however, even they have had to confront the problem after a substitute teacher in a suburban Chicago school district was banned after allegedly calling students a racial slur during class.
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Eighth-grade students at the Jay Stream School said Wednesday that the sub used the n-word several times during a social studies discussion about the Cold War.
A group of 13-year-old girls were called the racial slur, students said, in an incident that happened last week.
The teacher referred to the four girls as “African-American,” but they asked her to not use that term because one of them was Jamaican. The unidentified white instructor then said, “Well, back in the day, you would be considered the n-word,” according to students.
“We told her that’s not right to use today or back then it wasn’t right, either,” student Mea Thompson told WMAQ-TV. “We were so shocked and we were like, ‘What? Excuse me?”’ the girl said. “She was like, ‘Well, back then, that’s what African-Americans were called.”’
The instructor asked if they’d rather be referred to as slaves, the girls said.
“I just want people to know how much it affected us and I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,’ student Zaria Daniel told the station Wednesday.
The students informed the school principal. The school district investigated and banned the substitute from teaching in its classrooms.