Do you know what “wigger” means? And that’s just the start…

MUST READ! This article lays bare the tension between prejudice and racism and teaching – how do our own biases as teachers impact the conversation.  Regardless of your stance, this piece will evoke reflection.  First, you need to know what “wigger” means.  At the EdFive, we had no idea.  Secondly, the story of Lincoln Brown is also worth watching. [EF]

Lincoln Brown, a 48-year-old Chicago Public Schools teacher, has filed a federal lawsuit against the district after being suspended without pay for five days for using the “n-word” as a part of a lesson highlighting the “perils of racism,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports…

The incident occurred last October when Brown said he used the n-word after two of his students were passing notes with rap lyrics that included it, according to the Sun-Times. The lawsuit alleges Brown used the word during a “teachable moment” in the context of the book Huckleberry Finn in order to show how such language can hurt. But as the words left Brown’s lips, the school’s principal walked in to the Murray Language Academy classroom…

FULL ARTICLE: Lincoln Brown, Chicago Teacher, Sues For The Right To Say N-Word In Class.

POST SOURCE: HuffPost Education

**Editor’s Note:  Click on links within the post field.  The post “title” hyperlink opens another window in Edfive.**

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