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Teacher Called Jamaican Students ‘N*gger’ After They Objected to ‘African-American’

An Illinois teacher has been banned from Jay Stream Middle School after she called two students “n*gger” when they objected to being called African-American.

Mea Thompson and Zaria Daniel, two Jamaican-American eighth graders at Jay Stream, says they were in social studies class when a substitute teacher referred to them as “African-American.”

“All four of us were sitting there got offended because none of us are from Africa,” Thompson told WMAQ. “I’m Jamaican. So we said, ‘Can you please not call us that?’”

“She continued to call us that and said, ‘It’s the politically correct term,’” Thompson says. “Then she said, ‘Well, back then you guys would be considered the N-word.’”

Thompson says, “We were shocked and we were like, ‘What? Excuse me?’ She was like, ‘Well, back then that’s what African-Americans were called.’”

The two girls say the teacher continued to use the word throughout the class period and also referred to them as slaves.

They say one of the students actually left the room in tears.

On Tuesday, the school district confirmed that they had spoken to the teacher who admitted that’s exactly what happened. A district spokesperson says she will no longer be allowed to work at the school.

Thompson’s mother, Shayna, says, “After the shock and hurt, I’m angry. It’s a new world, and the people of the past that still hang on to hatred and bigotry don’t belong in this world anymore.”

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  • Dartsblaster2011

    And our poor unenlightened SCOTUS is still claiming racism is dead in America? Perhaps the poor educator is not aware that Jamaica is an island nation in the Atlantic Ocean whereas Africa is a HUGE continent much father East of Illinois than Jamaica is. She should be barred from teaching ANYWHERE.

  • Bill_thompson95

    wow, just wow

  • Anisca

    She should have said black… that would make it easier… Although they would have claim that they are not black either…stupidity we have to deal with nowadays once we were African American now we are not African American now we want to be called jamaican american Trinidadian american, haitian american what the heck is going on we are f****** black own it.

    • Cathy Norton

      Okay first question I have is why was she calling them anything in the first place? They have actual names their parents gave them. This is just a disgraceful act, teacher or not. No one needs to use any ones race etc. just the name they are given. If you don’t know someones name say excuse me and speak to them, why do people have to refer to others by skin color etc.

  • Jjbadkittyjj

    Ok while I completely disagree with the way this “teacher” handled this situation, it absolutely pisses me off that some Jamaicans still deny the fact that their ancestors have roots in Africa. Jamaica is a country–not a nationality!! Does anyone remember the country motto?! Out of many one people!! Back in the days of slavery many ships did not make it to what we know now as the USA. Many slaves were also so unruly that they were “dropped off” in several of the carribean islands simply because they were too difficult to deal with! So you Jamaicans that still deny your connection to Africa will always be in denial because you will never realize where you came from!!

  • mcorps

    Thirty-four years in a classroom listening to one segment of the population call one another the “dreaded-word-I cannot-say” with impunity numbed me to any deleterious effects of the experience. Cowardly school administrators have enabled this business for too long.