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A New Year’s Challenge:? Educate Students by Bringing the ‘N-Word’ Back into the Classroom
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Carol M. Swain  -- Political Scientist and Commentator Carol M. Swain -- Political Scientist and Commentator
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Nashville, TN
Tuesday, December 27, 2022

 

Johnny Wolfe, a white male history and African American Studies teacher,?was recently fired?from a college prep charter school in Kansas City after black students complained he had committed the unconscionable act of using the N-word, “nigger,” multiple times while teaching one of his classes. Was his transgression so intolerable it warranted a dismissal from teaching?

I don’t think so; I believe it is impossible to teach African American history without dissecting the N-word and its complexity within and outside the black community. My license to speak on the subject, for those who believe I need one, comes from the fact that I am a black political scientist born and raised in the rural South. There was a time when America’s intelligentsia agreed with me. Now, it’s considered “racial violence.”

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ABOUT CAROL M. SWAIN

Carol Swain (Ph.D.) is an award-winning political scientist and former tenured professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities. She is the author or editor of 10 books, including Be The People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise and The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration.

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