A white teacher at a black school in Charleston, South Carolina was subjected to a “racially hostile workplace” ruled a federal court because school officials did nothing to protect her from verbal abuse by her middle school students. They argued the profanity — with “white” as the adjective” — was “part of the students’ culture,” writes columnist Kathy Parker. Elizabeth Kandrac, who was fired when she filed a complaint, settled with the district for $200,000.
Kandrac’s attorney, Larry Kobrovsky, argued that the repeated use of “white” made these slurs racists in nature. But school officials insisted that because black students were equally abusive to other blacks, the language wasn’t inherently racist.
So, it’s OK to let students shout vulgar insults at teachers as long as they’re destroying the learning environment in all their clases? Parker writes:
. . . the worst racists are those teachers and administrators who denied these empowered brats the expectation of civilized behavior.
These students are capable of better. Someone should teach them.
In the comments, Hube links to a Colossus of Rhodey post about Brandy Stokes, another teacher who sued Brentwood Middle School for racial discrimination. I can’t figure out what happened to that suit, filed after Kandrac’s, but it turns out that a white male teacher also sued and won $50,000 in a mediated settlement.