Teaching The N-Word To EFL Students: Fired For Using The N-Word

We should teach our EFL/ESL students that using the N-Word is not a good idea. Why? Well, there are legal consequences. It is important for them to know this fact. Simply telling them, “NEVER say the word” may actually cause them to want to use the n-word. After all, adults are usually wrong about things like sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. So, our teenagers can’t wait to use the n-word.

But it is definitely a very bad idea. Let me give you some examples:

Netflix PR chief fired for repeatedly using the n-word
June 22, 2018

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has fired his chief public relations executive, Jonathan Friedland, after Friedland´s repeated use of the n-word. Friedland, who had been with the company for seven years, reportedly used the racial slur in a meeting with employees, leading some to report the incident to upper management. Then, in a follow-up meeting with Netflix’s human resources department regarding his use of the n-word, Friedland used the word again.

“The second incident confirmed a deep lack of understanding, and convinced me to let Jonathan go now,” reads an email Hastings sent to employees. “As I reflect on this, at this first incident, I should have done more to use it as a learning moment for everyone at Netflix about how painful and ugly that word is, and that it should not be used. I realize that my privilege has made me intellectualize or otherwise minimize race issues like this. I need to set a better example by learning and listening more so I can be the leader we need.”

Irish race car US TV pundit fired for use of “N word” 35 years ago

August 28, 2018
Dublin-born race car authority Derek Daly has been embroiled in a major controversy this week when it emerged he had used the “N word” during an interview in the 1980s.

According to Fox News, the controversy started when radio play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey recalled an interview in which a well-known racing driver was asked if he thought anyone was holding back during qualifying, to which the he allegedly answered “there aren’t any n***ers in this race.”

Mississippi hospital employee fired for calling Donut Palace worker the N-word in viral video
August 13, 2018

A Mississippi Baptist Medical Center employee has been fired after video of him calling a doughnut shop worker a racial slur multiple times went viral. Kyle Thomas worked in the radiology department at the Medical Center in Flowood, Miss. On Saturday, he visited the local Donut Palace in his full scrubs and he got into an altercation with shop employee Keaundrea Wardlaw. According to Wardlaw, Kyle Thomas was upset about the service and the two began to argue. In the video Wardlaw recorded, Mr. Thomas is heard telling Wardlaw, a black woman, to “shut her f—ing mouth,” and then proceeds to call her to N-word multiple times.

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Massachusetts School Aide Fired After Using N-Word While Supervising Students
October, 2018

An elementary school worker in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was fired after using the N-word in front of students during recess, The Boston Globe reports. A group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Cambridgeport School reportedly told the school’s principal the lunch room and recess aide used the slur. According to a statement from Cambridge Superintendent Kenneth Salim, the principal “investigated the incident and terminated the employee effective immediately.”

Piscataway High School teacher fired for using n-word and other profanity in meltdown

November 28, 2018

A Piscataway High School teacher has been fired because he repeatedly used the n-word and other profanity after he went “ballistic” and had a “meltdown” in front of his special education math class earlier this year.

Vincent Serpico, who had taught at the high school since 2009, was making $86,926 a year before tenure charges against him were approved by the board of education in June. Earlier this month an arbitrator, John Sands, ruled that the school district had proven that Serpico should be fired because of an incident in his classroom on May 8.

“The Piscataway School District is pleased that the arbitrator affirmed our decision to file tenure charges against Mr. Serpico,” Superintendent of Schools Teresa Rafferty said Wednesday. “A successful learning environment includes respect and discipline among students and staff. The arbitrator completely accepted the district’s position, and his decision regarding Mr. Serpico’s conduct speaks for itself.”

White Trucker Drops N-word, Gets Fired and Loses Unemployment
Claims discrimination by employer for not firing other racists.
June 15, 2018

Stephen L. Kraft was denied unemployment benefits on Wednesday by a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel in Pennsylvania because he used the N-word so much at work that two judges saw it as willful misconduct.

Kraft, who is white, was fired after telling a Black trainee driver that he — Kraft — was “N-word number one, a white supervisor was N-word number two, and that the trainee could be N-word number three.” He also called the trainee an “idiot”.

Kraft said, in his defense, that he had been singled out while other employees who used the N-word had not been fired. His former employer, Allen Distribution company in Carlisle, with an all-white male executive team had fired him for violating the company’s anti-harassment policy, which bans the use of racial slurs, demeaning jokes, negative stereotypes or even nicknames.

Fired worker who complained about n-word settles suit for $200,000
July 27, 2018

Multnomah County has paid $200,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who says he was fired after repeatedly complaining about a Portland police officer’s reference to the n-word during a presentation to youths.

The county agreed to pay Emanuel Price about 40 percent of the $470,000 he sought in his March 2017 lawsuit.

A county spokeswoman declined comment Friday, saying the public settlement involved a confidential personnel matter.

According to Price’s lawsuit, he was hired to promote respect for multiculturalism and inclusion as an employee for the county’s Office of Diversity and Equity. But he said he was instead “fired for what I got hired for.”

Price’s lawsuit said his work troubles began after he became disturbed while listening to police Sgt. Tim Sessions make a presentation to the county’s Youth Commission in January 2016 about real-life examples of cyber-bullying.

The sergeant told the story of a Latino boy who mispronounced the n-word during an argument with a black boy — and that the sergeant laughed as he said aloud the mispronounced word, according to the lawsuit and Price’s lawyer Ashlee Albies.

“He made fun of the Mexican guy not being able to pronounce it,” Price told The Oregonian/OregonLive at the time he filed his lawsuit. “… It was just really ugly. It was terrible.”

‘Overwatch’ Pro Player Fired for Saying the N-Word 60 Times
“I won’t try to argue or make an excuse, I don’t have any.”

April 25, 2017

Matt “Dellor” Vaughn, was dropped from his Overwatch team Toronto eSports for hurling racial slurs during a match that was streamed on Twitch. Specifically, he screamed the n-word about 60 times in a row.

“Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero-tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination.” Toronto eSports President Ryan Pallett said in a statement. “Immediately upon learning of the incident, the player was interviewed, admitted to the offence, and was notified that his contract with the organization was being terminated”

For what it’s worth, Vaughn also posted a sincere apology on Twitter:

“I fucked up and deserve to be dropped from Toronto Esports, I won’t try to argue or make an excuse, I don’t have any,” he said. Vaughn went on to explain that he “was having a really bad day” and didn’t get much sleep. Then he got into a match with a Widowmaker player who he thought was cheating and he snapped. “The only thing I can say is that despite me using that word, I am not a racist. I was extremely upset, and I was trying to make the person I was angry with upset as well, and so I said the most offensive thing that came to mind.”

A Domino’s Pizza employee was fired after writing the N-word on a customer’s pizza order
October 5, 2018

A North Carolina woman ordered pizza from Domino’s on Monday night. She was shocked and disturbed to find that the N-word was written on her order. The employee who wrote the slur has since been fired. The store’s supervisor also apologized to her.
On Monday night, Myasia Nelson ordered pizza from Domino’s for her family. But when Nelson went to pick up her meal, she didn’t see it under her name on the board – instead, it appeared that her order been placed under the N-word.

Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Racist Remarks
July 19, 2018

Paramount Television President Amy Powell was fired following complaints about her workplace conduct. Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos announced the news via a memo circulated throughout the company. The memo cited numerous instances of concerning comments from Powell, including racially-charged remarks. The memo makes it clear that complaints about Powell’s conduct came from “multiple individuals.”

“Having spent the past several days conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and speaking to those who were present, our Human Resources and Legal teams came to the same conclusion, and we have made the decision to terminate Amy’s employment, effective immediately,” Gianopulos said.

Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman after using N-word on conference call
July 12, 2018

John Schnatter, the founder and public face of Papa John’s pizza, resigned as the company’s chairman hours after he apologized for using the N-word on a conference call in May.

Is this the kind of information our EFL/ESL students need to know? Yes, it is, and I sincerely believe it is the teacher´s job to know and discuss these issues with our students. The N-word is not something an English language learner should be unaware of.

Peace…

Chile ╚► https://amzn.to/2CzNORd

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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