Teachers should be saying “Children, ‘nigger’ was a terrible insulting name for black people enslaved and then badly oppressed in the past, so if you use it in anything but an analytical fashion, I will beat you senseless with a cane. And you will read this Huck Finn book to understand why.”

Fred Z solves that one for us in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Teachers should be saying “Children, ‘nigger’ was a terrible insulting name for black people enslaved and then badly oppressed in the past, so if you use it in anything but an analytical fashion, I will beat you senseless with a cane. And you will read this Huck Finn book to understand why.””

  1. When I was a kid, on balance they used honky and whitie more than I used blackie or nigger (the tropics not England). None of us had read the Huck Finn book, and there were no canes involved, we just played together as kids…

  2. At some point kids have to start growing up and exposing them to these sort of ideas and the unvarnished version of history, as the article is talking about 16 to 17 year olds I’d say that’s old enough.
    When I was in school we did catcher in the rye and brace new world as our texts for the o level class (brave new world being the examined one) and we were 14-16
    For those who haven’t read it brave new world features a society where drug taking and casual sex are compulsory, those living outside it live in poverty and are considered savages and one of the main characters indulges in self flagellation and people are artificially grown
    Some of the more religious members of the class asked the teacher to remove catcher in the rye from the list, not sure if they objected to the farting in church scene or the visit to the prositiute scene. Our teacher used the request as the basis of a class debate on censorship and age restrictions.

  3. the history of the world is rife with slavery – white, black , yellow whatever.
    The current blacks – mostly american- want to be an exclusive priviliged band on the ground of past adversities.
    The participants in WW1 , WW2 etc might say the same.
    Unfortuneatly the number of victim group is multiplying to unweildy proportions. And they all want cash or somesuch from the government aka the white males.
    It seems that being noisy is the answer to profit currently.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    john malpas – “And they all want cash or somesuch from the government aka the white males. It seems that being noisy is the answer to profit currently.”

    There is no point teaching something so alien to the children’s experience. There is no point teaching them about the bad aspects of the past unless there is some moral for the future. And that is the point. The only reason teachers want to teach this is to teach the children White people are uniquely evil and Black people are owed. It is part of the Left’s unrelenting war on the West.

    What is the point?

    Slavery would be forgotten if we did not keep teaching a dishonest version of the past to new generations of young people.

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