Substitute Teacher Accused of Using Racial Slur in Classroom
Substitute Teacher Accused of Using Racial Slur in Classroom is the headline of an article in www.nbcchicago.com that was published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The article states that four 13-year-old students at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream say they were in a social studies class working on a project about the Cold War last Wednesday when a substitute teacher approached them and called them “African American.” The students objected to being called African Americans because neither was from Africa. Allegedly, the teacher’s comments went downhill, and contained what is considered racial slurs.
Watch this short video to see and hear the students who were impacted by this situation.
The students who objected to being called African Americans have a point, according to Author Norris Shelton’s book in his eye-opening book, America’s Little Black Book. He sheds light on a topic rarely broached by anyone, but one that is germane to the future of all America.
Following is an excerpt from Mr. Shelton’s book that speaks to the issue of the importance of identity recognition of Blacks, also known as African Americans, but who are without doubt Descendants of American Slaves.
Since America has been in existence, there has been only one ethnic group of people created, born, and brought into their mental and racial existence on her soil and under her holdings— the American Slaves. The point is we are America’s only child— but we don’t know it!
To prove my point, let me share with you our proper identity and how all of these epithets came about: Our foreparents were bred to be slaves, so that’s what they were named and what they were called. Before the Civil War, and during the war, they were still called slaves because that’s what they were. When the war was over they were released into degradation, still without honor. They were now abandoned slaves because that was their true condition. At that time, whites told us we were Negroes and we accepted that ‘handle’ because we didn’t know any better.
When Dr. King was leading us we still thought we were Negroes, but we were gaining wisdom, because we now had a leader who was not afraid to seek the truth and try to find justice for all of his people. Being a moral person, he couldn’t be bought off. Seeking “justice for all” cost him his life.
America’s only offspring wound up without proper identity, without a leader, and no cultural direction. Drifting aimlessly, we have evolved into confused slaves because we think we are African Americans!
Whites still call us niggers and blacks — the first verbal slanders they used to remind us we were slaves.
It’s thought-provoking, but most descendants of slaves in our inner cities casually call each other nigger; yet, the average slave will not allow a white person to call him a nigger. To attest to our racial forgetfulness, slaves don’t connect this relaxed name-calling among themselves, and our refusing to let a white person call us niggers as information related to slavery. The average descendants of slaves have no idea why it upsets them so much when a white person calls them a nigger.
Slaves have had many names that are slanderous, but our next popular name was “colored” (this was more tolerable, and seemed appropriate because of the “color-variations” in our complexions). But a long while later during one of our movements, someone figured if Caucasians with their own wide variety of lighter skin tints were white, then slaves with their own wide variety of darker skin tints, must be black — and the name quickly caught on. Our leaders disregarded the fact that, at one time, black was considered more of a slur name than was nigger. Our people accepting black as our racial name now, knowing how much we hated being called black then, tells me that once we know the truth of who we are, we will again accept our rightful name. Not only did the word black cease being a racist term, black became our source of enlightenment and ethnic pride because it proudly, but not always accurately, distinguished us from other ethnic groups.
Most modern day slaves had barely gotten used to saying the word black out loud, except when slandering each other, when we underwent something of a silent movement and we were slickly renamed African American.
This time, it appears our racial name was changed with this rationale — if there are French Americans and German Americans (and the list continues), then we must be African Americans. Most descendants of American Slaves have dark skin and tight, curly hair that is similar to dark-skinned Africans, and the majority of us are convinced that the humans who started our slave nation came from Africa. However, with the exception of a few individual slaves who claim they can trace their lineage back to Africa, the bulk of the descendants of slaves don’t have a known, proven, legal lineage predating slavery, and no documented connection to Africa, whatsoever!
Being called slur names, and having derisive nicknames is as American as apple pie. Consequently, when the descendants of slaves were fallaciously named African Americans, the name stuck, and somehow persists…
…It’s clear to me that our leaders are confused. They have, to some extent, forgotten about slavery and who slaves are, and the premeditated hell our ancestors went through, because they have lost sight of who they themselves are. They are passing their forgetfulness, or ignorance, on to our descendants, ensuring that our people remain in a disturbed mental state indefinitely if someone doesn’t step forward and enlighten all of us to the obvious.
American Slaves can pretend they are African Americans, but we can’t “go back to Africa.” While the warm bodies that were captured and forced to carry the seeds that gave us our start in the human race, may well have come from Africa, we must keep in mind that our African, ancestral, umbilical cord was severed when our progenitors were captured. Any ties we had to Africa, before our ancestors abduction, were clipped or cut off at the ‘root’ during their capture. Our seeds were sown on American soil—the harvest was slaves! Our ethnic group took root on American soil, and was born and bred here in the U.S.A. — not in Africa!
If our leaders would open their eyes, they couldn’t help but see that we are the ‘yield ‘of those captured seeds; we are the descendants of those abandoned slaves. If they would open their minds they would understand — we right-fully belong to America. We are American-made!
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