Iowa teacher's aide fired for calling 'Huckleberry Finn' racist

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A teaching associate at a private school in Dubuque has been fired for allegedly disrupting classes by telling students that “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a “racist” novel.
Naiya Galloway, 31, was fired by Hillcrest Family Services, a privately run K-12 school that is certified by the Iowa Department of Education through the Dubuque public schools. The school helps students who have mental health issues or behavior problems.
Galloway was employed by the school for six months in 2011, monitoring children in the classroom and helping with student discipline. According to state records made public last month, Galloway became upset one day when the teacher in her classroom mentioned the Ku Klux Klan in a discussion of historical and political events.
According to school officials, 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.
She also allegedly tried to derail a math teacher’s presentation by telling the students how she had once been the victim of racism. In addition, she was accused of suggesting to at least one of the students that the math teacher was a racist.
At the time, Galloway was planning to quit her job at the school. The alleged incidents involving the book prompted the school to terminate her employment immediately.
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.
On May 29, administrative law judge James Timberland rejected Galloway’s request for unemployment benefits, citing multiple instances in which she had tried to sabotage student-teacher relations at the school.
“Rather than working to minimize students’ behavior issues so that they could learn in an appropriate environment, Ms. Galloway fed into the students’ behavior issues and disrupted the educational process,” Timberland ruled.
Timberland noted during the hearing that he has a master’s degree in English literature.
“So when I hear that ‘Huck Finn’ is racist, my immediate response — having studied literature and having studied that particular piece of literature and theory about it — is, ‘Of course it’s racist,’ ” Timberland said at the hearing.
“Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It’s about racism,” Timberland said.
According to the records of Iowa Workforce Development, one other Iowa school employee was recently fired from his job after being accused of misconduct.
Chad Bol of Ruthven was fired from the Ruthven-Ayrshire school district, where he worked as a driver.
While transporting students in a van, Bol allegedly drove by his house, saw someone in his garage and yelled, “Get the ---- out of there!”
He also was accused of playing adult-themed music for the children and giving one student a CD that he had made that featured lyrics of questionable content.
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She sounds like a racist.


Huck Finn is not racist, it's a book that addresses racism. There's a big fucking difference. Using her logic, every American history book would be racist because they reference events in America that had racist elements.

It's good to hear of a teacher-related incident where the outcome was actually correct. I'm glad she didn't even get unemployment.
 

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She sounds like a racist.


Huck Finn is not racist, it's a book that addresses racism. There's a big fucking difference. Using her logic, every American history book would be racist because they reference events in America that had racist elements.

It's good to hear of a teacher-related incident where the outcome was actually correct. I'm glad she didn't even get unemployment.
This.
 

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Racial vs Racist= Confused Slant Eyed Cunt.
 

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From wiki...


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in England in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written in the vernacular, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Satirizing a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about twenty years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.
My friends mom was my bus driver, and she let me smoke on the bus.
 

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Notice this was at a privately funded place? No public school would fire her, and that's a fucking problem.
 

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She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered “flashbacks,”
Fuck off, you melodramatic twat. You're 31. Are you having "flashbacks" to something that happened to your ancestors?
 

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It's just racist because the original title was Jiveberry Finn
 

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I think we had at least a dozen "X fired for Y" type of threads already. How come the reason the thread title gives for the firing is never the actual reason? Not even once.
 

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I think we had at least a dozen "X fired for Y" type of threads already. How come the reason the thread title gives for the firing is never the actual reason? Not even once.
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I like the way the blank point zoo cooperated by placing her picture next to the article.