Teacher Fired for Using Word "Negro" in Class?

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A Bronx teacher says a major misunderstand led to her firing - and now she's during for damages as a result.

Petrona Smith, an African-American native of the West Indies and a junior high instructor at PS 211 until March 2012, has been unemployed ever since she gave her Spanish class a color lesson in which she used the word "negro."

Because "negro" is Spanish for "black."

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But a student apparently misinterpreted the word as an epithet; reported Smith to her superiors; and Smith was summarily dismissed.

“They haven’t even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who’s black to be using a racial slur to a student,” said Shaun Reid, Smith’s attorney. “Talk about context! There’s a lot of things wrong here.”

A spokeswoman for the city Law Department replied to The New York Post's request for comment with:

“We have received the papers and will review them.”

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I'd hate to show that class where Nigeria is on the map.

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TIME TO START CALLING THEM : " BACK - TO - AFRICA AMERICANS ""

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niggers always need something to cry about

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The "negro" incident aside... This woman is from the West Indies, and she's called "African-American"? Unless she has become a citizen, she's not American. She's West Indian. Bugs the hell out of me when non-Americans of color are referred to by ignorant journalists as "African-American." Most of them will happily tell you that they're not African OR American!

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OUTRAGEOUS ..... HOW DARE U CALL NIGGERS "NEGROS" .. I NEVER HEARD OF SUCH A THING ....

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@ JOY

Your name should be sorrow not joy. There you are sittin' in Ma and Pa's basement spewing your venom from the safety of your dungeon living your miserable life. Why not really be bold and go up to a black person and spit that shit and call me so I can come and watch you pick up your teeth off the ground. BTW, ever heard of a WHIGGER? Look it up in the dictionary you'll find your picture right there.

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@ Ronda

I'm so happy other people find this JOY to be a complete waste of human flesh. What a bitch. And I guarantee she would never spew this racist crap in someone's face, she's as chicken shit as they come.

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@ JOY SUCKS

so, that's two coloreds that don't like the truth about negros .... arrrrr GO JOY !!!!

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