A teacher’s aide in Iowa lost her job after insisting that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be read by students because the book is racist.
Naiya Galloway first became upset when the Ku Klux Klan was mentioned during a history discussion. Later in the year, she proclaimed that Mark Twain’s classic novel is racist and should not be read. The next day on the bus, she told students again that they should not read the book.
“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,’” said administrative law judge Jason Timberland. “Part of the idea was to point out, through that book, that it was racist. It’s about racism.”
Timberland, who has a master’s degree in English, denied Galloway’s request for unemployment benefits.
Allegedly, Galloway also interrupted a math class to inform students that she had been the victim of racism.
Galloway has denied her comments about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but the 31-year-old teacher’s aide did admit to interrupting a discussion about the Ku Klux Klan because it triggered “flashbacks.”