Texas Teacher Tells White Student They Can Say The N-Word Since Black People Can
“If Black people can say it then white people can say it, too,” the teacher reportedly told a student who corrected his peer after he used the term.
March 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm
A Texas mother has expressed outrage after her daughter says a teacher told her class that it was OK for white students to say the n-word if Black students can, according to KXAN.
Azariah Fennell told her mother, Tasha Fennell, that she was in class in December when a white student entered the room and yelled "what's up my n****s."
She is the only Black student in her class and one of the few Black students at Doris Miller Middle School in San Marcos.
Another white student stopped the first child and said he was not allowed to say that word.
A teacher then stepped in and said, “If Black people can say it then white people can say it, too,” according to a complaint Tasha filed with the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District in January.
Tasha said her daughter broke down in tears when she described the incident to her.
“How it makes me feel, I don’t want someone else to go through the feeling that I had to go through,” Azariah told KXAN.
Tasha spoke at the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District board meeting on Monday to voice her grievances and demand the school apologize and implement unconscious bias or cultural responsiveness training.
“I just don’t feel like it was her place to make the decision to say that in front of impressionable kids. My biggest concern is that my daughter has a voice. Azariah said what she said and this is how she felt,” Tasha told the news outlet, adding that the school initially questioned whether Azariah was telling the truth.
The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District sent a strange statement to KXAN where they sought to downplay the incident and tie it somehow to a separate conversation Azariah was having with her friend.
"It will be communicated to Azariah that the Miller community understands the importance of equity and the goal is to be more sensitive to the topic and utilize the experience as a teachable moment in the future. Azariah and her friends were discussing the Black Lives Matter movement when the incident occurred," the school district said.
"The timing of the discussion may not have been appropriate but the nature of the conversation is relevant to Azariah’s cultural background and could be acknowledged. Principal Jessie Gipprich Martin will pull Azariah during the school day and speak to her about the incident and how it made her feel," the school district added.
The school said it was investigating the incident and could not comment on the matter any further.
The school district has asked Azariah to join leadership and diversity councils and her mother has asked to be involved as well.
“At this point, we’re just looking for respect, acknowledgment, and for the uncomfortable conversations to be had,” Tasha said.