Should Towson University Teacher have Been Fired for Using the N-Word?

Allen Zaruba, an adjunct faculty member at Towson University in Maryland, was recently fired for using the n-word in a class.  He actually referred to himself as a “nigger on the corporate plantation” while reviewing a chapter in a book. This was a visual arts class. A student reported the incident to the school officials and he was subsequently fired. Should he have been fired? Would he have been fired if he had been black? I think the word is reprehensible and if he had referred to a student by this epithet I would be one of the first ones to demand his dismissal, but I do not think he should have been fired I think he should have been counseled and perhaps subject to monitoring by a department chair. I do not think he should have been dismissed unless he had displayed a pattern of this behavior. I also believe that if the word is uttered by a black professor they too should be subject to this same zero tolerance stance.

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  • thescoop1  On March 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    An in-depth view of Black America and the n-word: http://www.theunitedvoices.com

  • neighbor  On March 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Well where could that word originated from? There were very few countries in africa at that time. You call someone from france a french, germany a german, england – english, Nigeria a nigerian, but keep in mind this was a country that was not well educated in the days of slavery. I feel this word may have developed, because people were unaware of the proper name for a nigerian. I don’t feel the word was ever created to have an evil mean purpose. I feel it was meant to describe where these people were from. How it became so offensive is unknown. If anyone has more information on this subject that would be interesting to me and please post.

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