Writing a racial slur about Barack Obama on the white board may end the career of Greg Howard, a teacher at Marianna Middle School in Florida. Howard, who’s been teaching in the district for 17 years, asked seventh-grade social studies students what Obama meant by “change” and then wrote on the board:
“C.H.A.N.G.E. â€” Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected.”
The class included 17 white students, six black students and one Asian.
Howard is serving a 10-day suspension without pay; he must write a letter of apology to the students. He will be reassigned to teach adult-education students.
It’s hard to imagine worse judgment than using a deeply offensive word to express political views in the classroom. What was Howard thinking?
What’s worse are the comments I’ve read on several versions of the story. Some people seem to think that Howard was “brave” to “speak out” about . . . His contempt for blacks?