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(Des Moines Register)   Teacher aide fired for telling students that "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is a 'racist' novel   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 208
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2012-07-16 10:25:52 AM  
I like the judge at her unemployment hearing:

Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master's degree in English literature.
"So when I hear that 'Huck Finn' is racist, my immediate response - having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it - is, 'Of course it's racist,' " Timberland said at the hearing.
"Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It's about racism."


Judge nailed it. Huckleberry Finn doesn't advocate racism, it shines a spotlight on it it. I suspect a racist would feel uncomfortable with himself, were he to read it.
Great book is great.
 
2012-07-16 10:27:10 AM  

TsarTom: I like the judge at her unemployment hearing:

Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master's degree in English literature.
"So when I hear that 'Huck Finn' is racist, my immediate response - having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it - is, 'Of course it's racist,' " Timberland said at the hearing.
"Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It's about racism."

Judge nailed it. Huckleberry Finn doesn't advocate racism, it shines a spotlight on it it. I suspect a racist would feel uncomfortable with himself, were he to read it.
Great book is great.


Well this thread is over.
 
2012-07-16 10:33:57 AM  

Gwendolyn: TsarTom: I like the judge at her unemployment hearing:

Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master's degree in English literature.
"So when I hear that 'Huck Finn' is racist, my immediate response - having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it - is, 'Of course it's racist,' " Timberland said at the hearing.
"Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It's about racism."

Judge nailed it. Huckleberry Finn doesn't advocate racism, it shines a spotlight on it it. I suspect a racist would feel uncomfortable with himself, were he to read it.
Great book is great.

Well this thread is over.


This^
 
2012-07-16 10:35:20 AM  

Gwendolyn: TsarTom: I like the judge at her unemployment hearing:

Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master's degree in English literature.
"So when I hear that 'Huck Finn' is racist, my immediate response - having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it - is, 'Of course it's racist,' " Timberland said at the hearing.
"Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It's about racism."

Judge nailed it. Huckleberry Finn doesn't advocate racism, it shines a spotlight on it it. I suspect a racist would feel uncomfortable with himself, were he to read it.
Great book is great.

Well this thread is over.


Agreed. I'll have to send this to my dad. He's an English teacher. I'm sure he'll be appalled that that person was allowed into a position to educate others in the first place.
 
2012-07-16 10:41:56 AM  
Gwendolyn:Well this thread is over.

Wait. Can't we still make fun of the crazy lady?
 
2012-07-16 10:48:53 AM  

TsarTom: Wait. Can't we still make fun of the crazy lady?


Yeah, she seems to be a couple klansmen short of a rally.
 
2012-07-16 11:05:41 AM  
Sigh.

Fine.

I'll do it:

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2012-07-16 11:08:16 AM  
According to the records of Iowa Workforce Development, one other Iowa school employee was recently fired from his job after being accused of misconduct.

Chad Bol of Ruthven was fired from the Ruthven-Ayrshire school district, where he worked as a driver.

While transporting students in a van, Bol allegedly drove by his house, saw someone in his garage and yelled, "Get the ---- out of there!"

He also was accused of playing adult-themed music for the children and giving one student a CD that he had made that featured lyrics of questionable content.


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2012-07-16 11:24:25 AM  

TsarTom: he has a master 's degree


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2012-07-16 11:28:56 AM  
I played Jim in my second grade production of Huck Finn. It was my crowning theatrical achievment. I even brought in the realistic element of eating beef jerky by our campfire chat, which I thought was a brilliant piece of improvisation.

I still remember one of my lines.

"Naw he wouldn't double cross us, 'cause Huck's true blue.

I'm not saying I deserved a Tony Award but I deserved a Tony Award.
 
2012-07-16 11:30:58 AM  

brap: I played Jim in my second grade production of Huck Finn. It was my crowning theatrical achievment. I even brought in the realistic element of eating beef jerky by our campfire chat, which I thought was a brilliant piece of improvisation.

I still remember one of my lines.

"Naw he wouldn't double cross us, 'cause Huck's true blue.

I'm not saying I deserved a Tony Award but I deserved a Tony Award.


theatremusicdirectors.org

Here you go.
 
2012-07-16 11:55:19 AM  
I'm surprised that this woman didn't also attack The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for promoting cross-dressing.
 
2012-07-16 11:57:12 AM  
If a fiction author uses the "nword" repeatedly in his/her works, does that make the work racist? The author? If the author records an audiobook and reads the word, does that make him/her racist?
 
2012-07-16 12:00:54 PM  
Does asking a buch of questions that you don't want answered make you rhetorical? Does saying "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" make you Rhett Butler? Just how confusing would it be to be Rhett Bulter's butler? Did you know buttlers actually buttle? The mind boggles? We live in wonderful times?
 
2012-07-16 12:09:23 PM  

EnviroDude: If a fiction author uses the "nword" repeatedly in his/her works, does that make the work racist? The author? If the author records an audiobook and reads the word, does that make him/her racist?


a) No
b) Why is this limited to fiction writers?
 
2012-07-16 12:10:05 PM  

EnviroDude: If a fiction author uses the "nword" repeatedly in his/her works, does that make the work racist? The author? If the author records an audiobook and reads the word, does that make him/her racist?


If I say "no" will you then ask why Chris Rock is allowed to say it and you're not?
 
2012-07-16 12:28:08 PM  
Attractive and Successful Jim
 
2012-07-16 12:34:30 PM  
According to school officials, Galloway allegedly announced to a classroom full of students in October that Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was a racist book and should not be taught in schools. The next day, she was on a school bus with students when she allegedly renewed her criticism of the book as "racist," forcing the bus driver to intervene, according to state records. School officials alleged she voiced objections to the book on numerous other occasions.

She also allegedly tried to derail a math teacher's presentation by telling the students how she had once been the victim of racism. In addition, she was accused of suggesting to at least one of the students that the math teacher was a racist.


Sounds like this woman has issues beyond just the book. Unfortunately, this court case is just going to further her paranoia about being oppressed.
 
2012-07-16 12:43:05 PM  
This woman also refused to teach "Uncle Tom's Cabin" because she thought it promoted slavery.
 
2012-07-16 12:43:17 PM  
She wasn't fired for being right or wrong, but for being crazy and disruptive.

She could've just as easily been angrily shouting about long division or insisting Pluto is a real planet. Crazy was the problem, not the content.
 
2012-07-16 12:46:39 PM  
She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered "flashbacks," noting that she's both black and Japanese.

...what?
 
2012-07-16 12:51:00 PM  
At the time, Galloway was planning to quit her job at the school. The alleged incidents involving the book prompted the school to terminate her employment immediately.

At a public hearing dealing with her subsequent request for unemployment benefits...



Mystery f**king solved, Scooby.
 
2012-07-16 12:52:40 PM  

what_now: She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered "flashbacks," noting that she's both black and Japanese.

...what?


Blackanese. Insert bullet train joke here.
 
2012-07-16 01:04:28 PM  

what_now: She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered "flashbacks," noting that she's both black and Japanese.

...what?


She grew up black, but thinks she's turning Japanese. She really thinks so.
 
2012-07-16 01:17:28 PM  
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2012-07-16 01:36:00 PM  

BunkoSquad: what_now: She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered "flashbacks," noting that she's both black and Japanese.

...what?

She grew up black, but thinks she's turning Japanese. She really thinks so.


Oh god, the transethnics have escaped Tumblr. Run for your life!
 
2012-07-16 01:45:38 PM  

EnviroDude: If a fiction author uses the "nword" repeatedly in his/her works, does that make the work racist? The author? If the author records an audiobook and reads the word, does that make him/her racist?


You sound concerned, so I'll answer: It makes the nearest Internet Dentist racist.
 
2012-07-16 01:51:07 PM  

BunkoSquad: EnviroDude: If a fiction author uses the "nword" repeatedly in his/her works, does that make the work racist? The author? If the author records an audiobook and reads the word, does that make him/her racist?

If I say "no" will you then ask why Chris Rock is allowed to say it and you're not?


I was specifically thinking of the LA police officer that was excoriated on the stand. He had denied using the Nword. Prosecution found his audiobook and were able to discredit his entire testimony because he was racist.
 
2012-07-16 01:51:54 PM  
the above would have been during the OJ Simpson trial
 
2012-07-16 02:06:03 PM  
I heard that book uses the "n-word".
 
2012-07-16 02:08:49 PM  
Firing her was a whitewash.

But, this is Iowa.
 
2012-07-16 02:08:59 PM  

Lsherm: Sounds like this woman has issues beyond just the book. Unfortunately, this court case is just going to further her paranoia about being oppressed.


When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
 
2012-07-16 02:10:08 PM  

TsarTom: Gwendolyn:Well this thread is over.

Wait. Can't we still make fun of the crazy lady?


Preferably in a way that also makes all literature racist.
 
2012-07-16 02:11:21 PM  

Godscrack: TsarTom: he has a master 's degree

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+1
 
2012-07-16 02:11:26 PM  

Fano: TsarTom: Gwendolyn:Well this thread is over.

Wait. Can't we still make fun of the crazy lady?

Preferably in a way that also makes all literature racist.


Ever notice how all "books" use black ink stamped onto white pages?
 
2012-07-16 02:11:31 PM  

penthesilea: She wasn't fired for being right or wrong, but for being crazy and disruptive.

She could've just as easily been angrily shouting about long division or insisting Pluto is a real planet. Crazy was the problem, not the content.


Whoa, hold on there Tex. As someone who loathed long division, and who still carries a torch for Pluto, I must vigorously protest the examples you are using. I would have gone with "angrily shouting about how the Holocaust was real" or something equally ridiculous.

The real objective lies lower.
 
2012-07-16 02:11:40 PM  

TsarTom: Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master's degree in English literature.
"So when I hear that 'Huck Finn' is racist, my immediate response - having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it - is, 'Of course it's racist,' " Timberland said at the hearing.
"Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It's about racism."


Is it also racist if you're a famous African-American music producer and you plagiarize beats from unknown white European chiptune programmers?
 
2012-07-16 02:12:08 PM  

TsarTom: I like the judge at her unemployment hearing:

Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master's degree in English literature.
"So when I hear that 'Huck Finn' is racist, my immediate response - having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it - is, 'Of course it's racist,' " Timberland said at the hearing.
"Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It's about racism."

Judge nailed it. Huckleberry Finn doesn't advocate racism, it shines a spotlight on it it. I suspect a racist would feel uncomfortable with himself, were he to read it.
Great book is great.


Thank god there are still judges who make some sense in his world.

This aide is obviously all butthurt for being fired for being a dumbass. Thank goodness they are no longer in a classroom where they can do more damage.
 
2012-07-16 02:12:43 PM  
Here's Jim, a nubian god, sailing, the mississippi. And then Huck's gotta mess his shiat up. Gentrification!
 
2012-07-16 02:13:01 PM  
i mean, lets be honest, is racism even bad? Isn't it just a time saver?
 
2012-07-16 02:13:23 PM  
It is racist, i don't think its appropriate to have it as mandatory reading in schools.
While I'm hating on it, I'd also like to throw out any other book that addresses racism, such as To Kill a Mockingbird.

Parents should teach their kids ethics and values, not schools.

Get rid of Animal Farm too, its anti communist propoganda
 
2012-07-16 02:14:22 PM  
At a public hearing dealing with her subsequent request for unemployment benefits, Galloway denied all of the allegations that she had questioned the school's use of the book.
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It's easier to deny the allegations than the alligator.
 
2012-07-16 02:14:55 PM  

TsarTom: Judge nailed it. Huckleberry Finn doesn't advocate racism, it shines a spotlight on it it. I suspect a racist would feel uncomfortable with himself, were he to read it.
Great book is great.


It's similar to Blazing Saddles in that respect. I've had people try to tell me Blazing Saddles is a racist movie.
 
2012-07-16 02:15:04 PM  
How is the book not racist? It has the "n" word in it over 50 times.
 
2012-07-16 02:15:12 PM  
Naiya Galloway, 31, was fired by Hillcrest Family Services, a privately run K-12 school that is certified by the Iowa Department of Education through the Dubuque public schools. The school helps students who have mental health issues or behavior problems.

I guess they wanted a teacher who could relate to the students.
 
2012-07-16 02:16:31 PM  
Black people problems.
 
2012-07-16 02:17:36 PM  
 
2012-07-16 02:17:42 PM  
Wow, black AND Japanese. That's a winning combination right there.
 
2012-07-16 02:17:52 PM  
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2012-07-16 02:18:39 PM  
noting that she's both black and Japanese. blackanese.

I thought blackanese was what you got when you gave blowjobs in the dirt.
 
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