July 16, 2012

Flashbacks?

A story from the Des Moines Register notes that a teacher's aide was fired from her private school for disrupting a classroom discussion about the novel Huckleberry Finn.

[Naiya] Galloway allegedly announced to a classroom full of students in October that Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was a racist book and should not be taught in schools. The next day, she was on a school bus with students when she allegedly renewed her criticism of the book as “racist,” forcing the bus driver to intervene, according to state records. School officials alleged she voiced objections to the book on numerous other occasions.

It seems Ms. Galloway didn't like it when the actual teacher brought up the Ku Klux Klan "in a discussion of historical and political events." She also allegedly accused a math teacher of being a racist on another occassion.

But what gets me is this:

At a public hearing dealing with her subsequent request for unemployment benefits, Galloway denied all of the allegations that she had questioned the school’s use of the book. She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered “flashbacks,” noting that she’s both black and Japanese.

Flashbacks?? About what? She's 31 years old. That's obviously not old enough to have suffered through slavery or Jim Crow, nor the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans. The KKK is still around, yes, though greatly diminished from its heyday. Ms. Galloway did claim to have been a victim of racism in the past ... but never said it was via the Klan.


Posted by Felix at July 16, 2012 02:22 PM | TrackBack

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