A white Chicago Public Schools teacher, Lincoln Brown, is suing the Board of Education after he was suspended for using the N-word during a class discussion about racism myfoxchicago.com reports. Brown teaches at Murray Language Academy, where the majority of children are African-American. He said he used the word during his sixth grade history class after he caught two students passing a note that quoted rap lyrics and included the N-word.
"I asked them, what would feel if I used that word?" he said. "I used the full word, but I didn't address it to the students. I was very careful about that." Brown said that the principal — who is black — walked in during the discussion and didn't seem to mind. But then Brown found out he was suspended five days for violating CPS policy which says that the N-word should never be used in books, movies or any classroom discussions.
Brown is suing the principal, CPS CEO Jean Claude-Brizard and CPS. He said if students want to talk about racial issues and slurs, he'd do it again, because that is what educators are supposed to do. Some parents said Brown is a great teacher who did the right thing.
"He didn't use it in an offensive way, so as long as he's not offending any of the children I didn't see anything wrong with it,"...