In our brave new world, can we afford to take even a chance of offending someone? I think not.

And neither does the Bronx school board, who fired Petrona Smith, 65   a (black) Spanish teacher for uttering the word “negro” in class while teaching her students the names of the colors in Spanish.

“Mepache, cabeza ondulado, even, if necessary and if she were very, very angry, sandía amante,” said school principal Otis Freebaser, “but negro? She must be fired, at once!”

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20 responses to “In our brave new world, can we afford to take even a chance of offending someone? I think not.

  1. anonymous

    I guess she wasn’t presenting the higher education financing options offered by the United Negro College Fund either.

  2. Al Dente

    There must be more to this story. I wonder if you can still order a Black Russian at a bar? A Black and Tan?

    • Anonymous

      After last fall’s election I was invited by email to attend a dinner party and asked to bring along some after-dinner cordials. I replied with words to the effect that I would bring ingredients for Black Russians to mark Barack Obama’s reelection. NOT FUNNY! I was informed…

  3. I agree; the teachers union wouldn’t permit it.

  4. It all started with crayons. The Crayola color known as Flesh was renamed Peach in 1962, in response to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

    O/t: I’m outside but watching on my laptop live streaming footage of Obama laying the wreath. I am appalled, as I often am at Americans, appalled how many people didn’t put their hand on their heart at the playing of the anthem. One man belatedly took his hat off. Another man never put his camera down to even see first hand the experience. And worst, a young boy, maybe 7, not only didn’t put his hand over his heart but was fidgeting and squirming. I blame his parents for not telling him ahead of time how to respect the day, the anthem, and the dead soldiers.

    I vote we Bring in Toonces, the Parent of the Year, to straighten this kid out.

    • Mickster

      Kids ape their parents behavior in these things. If the parents don’t show respect by their actions then we can’t expect much from the kids. Although if the parents thought enough to attend the event maybe you just had a figgitty kid.
      Overall I see young people having less and less respect for many things we hold dear or memorialize. Maybe it’s a generational thing, although I doubt it. Respect and tolerance aren’t words you hear too much anymore.

      • Agree that it is the parents who were in the wrong, in this instance because they didn’t take the time to teach the child a lesson in respect. How’s the kid supposed to know otherwise? I guarantee you he didn’t learn it at school!! Golly, to give you a sense of how old I am, when I was a kid, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance in class every morning. Early on we memorized the Pledge, were explained what the pledge meant, and I bet this goes back to kindergarten or first grade? Who does that today?

    • Toonces

      aww, that’s really kind of you EOS. Wish you could have been at the memorial day ceremony in Binney Park this morning (not as pretty as Lake Havasu admittedly). Many parents came with their kids after the parade. My ‘rearranage the books in the proper section of the book store’ kid sang the National Anthem in a quartet. Most in crowd had hands on hearts. It was a moving ceremony with many veterans in attendance. They read aloud all the names of Greenwich residents who fought and died for this country since the revolutionary war. So many from the same families – more than one Lockwood, Binney etc… I will never complain again about too many Lockwood Lanes, roads, avenues to get confused by.

    • Anonymous

      I am probably older than you, but reading your post I feel older still. Maybe just the fact that these people attended is a sign of respect. They could all be at some BBQ drinking beer and relaxing. Are you really angry at a 7 year old boy for fidgeting?

      • I don’t know how the audience behind the President was selected, but I bet its safe to guess each person there had a family member who died in action. All the more reason then they would KNOW how to behave properly, when to put down their cameras, when to stop chatting and especially explain to your children that this is a solemn occasion that demands attention and silence. I’m not angry at the child. I’m disappointed in his parents.

        Was the child horrible? No. Am I making something out of not much? Sure. But it bothered me. End of story.

    • CatoRenasci

      This crap has been going on ever since Dewey and the progressive education crowd go their hands on the schools:

      When I was in junior high, back in the Old Stone Age when Dwight Eisenhower was still president, I ‘took the 5th” on a particularly intrusive survey we were given, all sorts of personal questions about ones views, ones home, ones parents, what they thought and read, what they did for work and pleasure, etc., etc. There were over 100 questions, if I recall, and we were supposed to take an entire class period to fill it out. I wrote that I respectfully declined to answer and turned it in.

      My temerity sparked an immediate reaction with a visit to the dean of boys and then the principal and a call to my parents to come and deal with this affront to the school system. I remained polite and respectful, but firm that I thought this was all personal information that was none of the schools’ business.

      When my mother arrived, having been primed by the principal over the phone about my antisocial attitude, she asked to see the questionnaire. She glanced through it and said: “None of this is any of your damned business. If you have nothing further, we’re leaving.” After about a minute of stunned silence, she turned to me and said “Let’s go.” and we walked out.

      Give the educrats an inch, and they’ll take 10,000 miles.

  5. Anonymous2

    Could it be, Mickster, that the reason you no longer hear the words respect and tolerance very much anymore is because so much of what we are now told to respect is not respectable and that which we are now told to tolerate is intolerable?

  6. Screaming Eagle

    I took my six grandchildren to the Vietnam War Memorial today to pay tribute to my fellow 101st Airborne Division friends who did not make it home from Vietnam. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips spoke to the audience and among his comments was, Teach The Children.

  7. That guy Mickster used the word “ape”. I believe that carries the death penalty.

  8. Walt

    Dude –
    I am not buying this story either. Negro is not an offensive word. In fact, I find it beautiful. It rolls off the tongue. You can call me Negro all day long. Well Mr. Negro to you. But I like it, and it is a fine word. Is black the next dirty word? Give me a frigging break.

    No words are really offensive. People are offensive. And somebody, somewhere, has a problem with every word. It is all about censorship and limiting free speech. Call a spade a spade, I say, and then we know where everyone stands.

    No one has a constitutional right to not be offended. So let’s just deal with it, and not get our panties all in a bunch because someone uses a word we don’t like.

    Do you agree, Negro? Or would you prefer fucktard?

    Your Pal,
    Walt