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Teacher’s Aide Says Huck Finn Is Racist, Gets Fired

July 17, 2012 by  

Teacher’s Aide Says Huck Finn Is Racist, Gets Fired
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In this scene illustrated by E.W. Kemble in the original 1884 edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim thinks Huck is a ghost.

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.”

 

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Geiser Annie

    I am “fed up” with the matter of racism being so “racist” in this era of Obama.

    The next thing that will occur is that the history of WWII will not be allowed to be taught to school students BECAUSE HITLER was an anti-semite!

    Come on folks, what is going on in our society.

    • J. M. Lukes

      That you for your insightful comment. Next time, put a question mark after your questions.

      • J. M. Lukes

        I realize that, in the “heat of the moment,” we make mistakes. I did.

      • phideaux

        Perhaps it was not intended as a question but rather intended as I read it, a comment on our society.

    • Joe H

      I suppose next it will be we can’t teach history as it is racist, anti-semetic, and way too violent??? Dam I’m sick of all this pc crap!!

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Just like 1984!

    • Vigilant

      High school textbooks have already been revised regarding WWII to give disproportional credit to women and minorities for winning the war.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        More 1984 “truthspeak”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

        Vigilant;
        There is a litany of examples of liberal’s revisionism. Like that university prof that wrote and published that book about guns not being used or owned by the pioneers opening up the west.
        There are publishing companies specializing in re-publishing classics and others to represent a more politically correct atmosphere for our children in school.The liberal dominated media, are the worst.
        I was a special skills extra (horseman- gunman) on a History Channel production, shot in Canada, about an historical event, made as a documentary. It was called “The Lynching of Louis Sam” , I think. Alledgedly, a group of ‘white’ guys – vigilantees – rode accross the Canadian, US border back in the 1800′s to kidnap a kid who was suspected of murdering some whites on the US side. They hung him in the States. The theme was ‘oh poor disadvantaged natives, treated oh so badly and unfairly by the terrible white people’. I’m sure you know the kind of syrupy drivel I’m talking about. When we were in a production meeting to sort out costumes and horses and such, I offered to use my Model 94 Winchester, The director was leery. He said they wouldn’t have been very well armed – yeah right! My rifle was the only gun visible in that ‘documentary’!The same with spurs. The order was NO SPURS. The reasoning was that spurs are cruel and we won’t show that! As any one who rides knows spurs are merely a training tool, not for punnishment. I wore my spurs on the last day and they are in a shot. I got my daily pittance but no credit. I was mad at the time but now I’m glad I didn’t get a credit. This is revisionism at it’s worst.
        No wonder kids have all grown up to be brain dead little robots, questioning none of this liberal revisionist puke that is so pervasive out there today. Correction; not home schooled or private schooled kid, sorry.
        Thank God that ‘teachers aide’ is gone. How much damage has she done already? What huge percentage of like minded liberal swine are programming your children in that public school system right now and for the last 30 or 40 years? America is ripe for takeover by the NWO. All the heavy lifting is already done!

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Geiser Annie,”

      THE STUDY OF World War II IS ALREADY “HIT OR MISS” IN SEVERAL HIGH SCHOOL- AND COLLEGE AMERICAN HISTORY COURSES. I HAVE A COLLEGE MINOR IN Ancient/Medieval History WITH SOME COURSES IN American History. WWII WAS NOT MENTIONED IN MY STUDIES. THE Nazi Holocaust IS TOO MUCH OF A “HOT POTATO.”

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Wow! It’s already happening?!?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Nancy in Nebraska,”

        DURING THE LAST WEEK (OR, SO) OF A SCHOOL TERM IN AN American History COURSE, THE HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHER (OR, COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR) IS JUST GETTING AROUND TO President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” AND THE ADVENTURES OF General Douglas MacArthur. THESE TWO TOPICS ARE CONSISTENTLY DISCUSSED. IF ANY TIME IS LEFT BEFORE FINAL EXAMS, ADDITIONAL TOPICS MAY BE DISCUSSED.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • dan

    Can’t we all just get along….our great cities are imploding and race crimes are far more common than MSM would have you know….probably because of failure of the
    education system to impart the moral lessons necessary to function in a civilized society.

    • dan

      ….oops ….should have qualified that as the majority of the educrats….not to dtract from a job well done by Judge Timberland.

    • Vigilant

      The “education” system is already partnered with government and the MSM in fomenting class and race warfare.

  • Jim S

    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.”

    Let’s see. She’s 31 and lives in Iowa (not exactly a bastion of the KKK). What flashbacks could she possibly have that would be triggered by a discussion on the KKK. What a phony!

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Jim S,”

      I LIKE YOUR COMMENTS, BUT, IT MAY BE REASONABLE TO ASSUME Naiya Galloway’s GRANDPARENTS TOLD HER ABOUT THE HORROR. ORAL HISTORY IS A GREAT TRADITION IN THE NEGRO COMMUNITY. NEGRO GRANDPARENTS AND PARENTS LOVE TO TELL CHILDREN ABOUT THE WAY “THINGS USED TO BE.”

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • http://www.myvollara.com/texas Rooster

        I’ve been a “victim” of racism and I’m white. Get over it already! It’s a friggin’ book. (And a dang good one, I might add)

  • chuck

    Folks it is a book that showed what times were like. Does that make it right or wrong, no but makes one realize how far we have come. Until we meet a ‘teacher’ that is still living in the dark ages, instead of trying to stir the pot just educate kids and quit demonstrating hate.

    • Rod

      Teacher’s Aide! In many school districts across the country a teacher’s aide is usually a person with a high school diploma that may have little or no formal training in the classroom subject matter she may be supervising. Iowa certainly does not have a significant KKK presence and she claims flashbacks?

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        You’re exactly right!

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Rod,”

        I MAY BE WRONG, BUT, I BELIEVE TEACHERS-AIDES HAVE TO HAVE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE. THIS DEGREE MEANS THEY CAN NOT BE IN A CLASSROOM ALONE WITH STUDENTS. THOSE WITH BACHELOR DEGREES WITHOUT LICENSURE CAN BE ALONE WITH STUDENTS, AS, SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        In Nebraska, teacher aides do not need a degree. I’ve known some that you might even question whether they had a high school diploma. I believe that Iowa is the same, though I’m not positive. I volunteered in our pubic schools for over 20 years and many times I was left with the students if the teacher had to leave the room. I also did everything that the “paid” aides did.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Nancy in Nebraska,”

        I WAS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IN 1992. I BELIEVE AT THAT TIME, TENNESSEE WAS LIKE NEBRASKA – BUT, HAS SINCE CHANGED. I GUESS IT DIFFERS FROM REGION-TO-REGION (EVEN, WITHIN A STATE).

        IN ORDER TO GET HIRED AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IN MEMPHIS, I PRESENTED MY COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS AND TOOK A TUBERCULOSIS TEST. IN EASTERN TENNESSEE, SUBSTITUTES ARE FINGER-PRINTED, I WAS NOT. MAYBE, GUIDELINES IN MEMPHIS ARE “LAX” BECAUSE THE SCHOOLS ARE HORRIBLE.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • Vigilant

      A couple of years ago, a Dutch firm republished Joeph Conrad’s “The Nigger Of The ‘Narcissus’” as “The N-Word of the ‘Narcissus.’”

      My, how far we have come and how ridiculous we are.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vigilant,”

        I GUESS THEY MUST WANT TO SELL THE BOOK IN THE UNITED STATES. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY DANISH PEOPLE WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH, “Nigger.”

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Vigilant

        Sorry, CAH, “Dutch” means from the Netherlands, not Denmark.

        Interestingly enough, the Dutch, German, Hungarian, Swedish and Norwegian word “neger” were once acceptable in Europe, as the word “Negro” was here in America, but have fallen out of favor due to political correctness.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vigilant,” YOU ARE CORRECT – DUTCH MEANS NETHERLANDS.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vigilant,”

        IF INTERNATIONAL TRADE DID NOT EXIST, “neger,” WOULD STILL BE USED IN THOSE COUNTRIES. THOSE COUNTRIES ARE KNOWN FOR BEING LIBERAL ON SEX; THEREFORE, I AM NOT BOTHERED BY THEIR USE OF, “neger.”

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • Bev

    If I learned anything in my quest to become educated it was that Mark Twain was probably one of and continues to be, the best American author ever. I spent an entire semester studying Twain to fulfill a requirement in my quest for a BA. Twain did write Huckleberry Finn to protest the treatment of blacks. He did not in any way write it to condone racism. For this woman to proclaim that it was a racist book simply shows her ignorance.
    Flashbacks of what? This woman was born in 1981. Please,,,,,

    • Flashy

      Bev…I agree with everything you state. In “Jim Blaine and His Grandfather’s Ram”, i read somewhere it was the longest paragraph written by a popular author. I believe it…and laugh every time i read that story.

      I don’t know if he’s still performing, but Hal Holbrook does a magnificent one man play (monologue) as Mark Twain…

    • wayne

      Totally agree with you. I am tired of the thought police trying to control what I think and read. I read Huck Finn in the context of the time period that it was written. It didn’t cause me to hate blacks. Every person will rise or fall on their own merits. Skin color has nothing to do with it.

      • Flashy

        Book banning is popular with the extremists. It can be from any direction. just look at the various ongoing attempts to ban the teaching of the science of Evolution.

      • Joe H

        yeah, flashy, just like the current actions to ban devine intervention!

      • Vigilant

        Attempts at censorship occur on both sides of the aisle. I’m a Conservative, but was astonished (and pissed off) that the Texas school book board (conservatives in name only) removed Thomas Jefferson as one of the great revolutionary thinkers of the 18th century. Why? Because he was a Deist! Unconscionable.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        flashy, good one! You just thought you’d slip that one in there! It’s the THEORY of evolution, not the science of evolution!!!

      • Flashy

        Nancy..it’s the SCIENCE of Evolution. Evolutionary processes have been shown to exist, removing it from “theory”. You must be a supporter of the Kansas State School Board

      • Vigilant

        JoeH, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you’re talking about “intelligent design.”

        If so, I agree with you. The intelligent design theory is just as much a scientific analysis as it is an item of theological perspective. It should be taught as a theory of the development of life along with evolution. It has been the prejudice of “scientists,” along with the influence of atheists, that have prevented a wider consideration of this theory.

        Nothing is concrete in the world of science, though many have been hoodwinked into believing so. Quantum physics itself has shown us for 50 years that at subatomic level, it’s a world of probability, not a world of hard and fast physical laws.

        When I see the near-infinite forms of life on this planet, both plant and animal, and understand that the basic DNA is the same for all, it’s mind boggling. Science may jump through hoops attempting to explain “how” things work. It will never explain “why.”

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        I AGREE WITH, “Flashy.” COURSES LIKE, ANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY, WOULD NOT EXIST IF EVOLUTION WAS ONLY A THEORY.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

        Wayne;
        Correct statement until your last line. Scientific testing has clearly shown differences in races.
        Flashy;
        It is definately evolutionary THEORY! Why? Because the missing link is still missing. And don’t get me started on all the scientists who know the idea of us evolving from randomness is not possible, based on science reason. Explain the human eye with your evolution theory. And last, explain why most of the greatest scientists through out history had such a deeply profounf belief in God?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Dave Mancuso,”

        ANTHROPOLOGICAL/ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE CLEARLY SHOWS EARLY HUMANS HAD NO GRAMMATICAL LANGUAGE, NOR, A MEANS TO PRODUCE WRITINGS – REQUIREMENTS FOR WRITTEN RELIGIOUS DOCTRINE.

        ALL RELIGIONS BEGAN AS ORAL HISTORY. THEREFORE, BY THE TIME HUMANS LEARNED TO WRITE AND CREATE “PEN-” AND-PAPER SOURCES, THEY HAD ALSO DEVELOPED SKILLS OF PROPAGANDA.

        PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE “TICKED-OFF” BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT EXPLAIN FOSSILIZED ORGANISMS/BONES AND THE VARIOUS “AGES” OF EARTH.

    • Rod Rivera

      I agree all the way with your comment!!! Only fanatism -ignorance- may see negative racism in Mark Twain’s book.

    • vanguard7

      Bev, I agree with you. We read Huck Finn when I was in 7th or 8th grade and looking back over the years I find the book to be one of the greatest works ever produced. Of course I was in middle school in the late 60′s. What I took from the book was a view that racism is totally unacceptable and I read it (as someone else pointed out) within the context of the time it was written. I NEVER got the impression that Mark Twain was a racist. Quite the contrary in fact. I got the impression that he was just telling about life as it was in the era the story takes place and that he was trying to convey how wrong those attitudes towards the “negroes” at the time were. He was simply trying to educate his and future generations about the absurdity of different standards based on skin color in the best way he could…in his capacity as a brilliant author. This teacher’s aide was rightfully dismissed. We have far too many educators in our public schools and colleges that have been underinformed/mistaught about history and have developed their own personal agendas to further the radical left’s goals. I’m currently back in College at a state university and I have to say that several of the Professors refuse to hear anything that contradicts their study plan even if it’s a direct quote by a historic figure or some kind of photographic proof such as old black & white photos of concentration camps in Hitler’s Germany. There are times when I sit in class and have to listen to falsehoods and flat out denials of certain historical events by some Professors that I feel like I’m going to blow a fuse!

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Bev,”

      A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G WHICH PLACES, “blacks,” IN A “BAD LIGHT” IS CONSIDERED RACIST. WHEN THE Civil War IS DISCUSSED IN SCHOOL, EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON THE VARIOUS GENERALS AND BATTLE SITES; SLAVERY IS ONLY MENTIONED “IN PASSING” [OR, NOT AT ALL].

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • Ted Crawford

    This reminds me of an incident, a few years ago, where some in the Media jumped all over Carrol O’Connor as a racist, for his role as Archie Bunker in All In The Family . Carrol just laughed at them, declaring ” Are you kidding ? It was written to point out the overwhelming ignorance required to be a Racist ! ” Anyone, except a Racist, could clearly see that !

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Ted Crawford,”

      MY FATHER IS NOT A GREAT FAN OF CAUCASIANS – BUT, HE LOVES, “Archie Bunker.”

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • http://google john p.

    Blacks are so sensitive about every thing a white person says .
    and then they cry racism or use the race card . I’m sick of it then
    they talk about slaves. they blame white people for bring them here.
    not all black people were slaves. and the white people didn’t bring
    them here . the Spanish did that and sold them .they blame white
    people for there problems . they had the same schooling as the
    white people . but they drop out of school and put the blame on
    others . they should put the blame where it belongs .

    • Bev

      Actually black on black crime goes way back. It was the blacks themselves that sold other blacks into slavery. Money talks and BS walks. We were wrong in providing a market for slavery.

      • 45caliber

        Bev:

        You are correct. In fact, only TWO ship loads of black warriors were ever captured in African and brought to the New World. One was at Georgia. Six months later they revolted and were killed but not without a lot of deaths on both sides. The other was in Jamaca. If you look at a modern map of the country, there is a big green blob in the center entitled: “Cockpit Country. We no ask, you no come.” All the rest were already slaves and had been for about 3000 years. The black warriors sold them to the slave merchants. And the slave merchants bought them since they were already trained to not cause problems.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        You say, “We were wrong…”. You and who else??? I wasn’t here. My ancestors weren’t even here. I’m sick and tired of people trying to blame me for things I had nothing to do with! Stop accepting blame for things you didn’t do. It just feeds the flames. None of us alive today participated in slavery and none of slavery’s victims are alive today to complain about it!

      • Flashy

        Nancy…did you vote for Bush/Cheney? Just checking to make certain you may be counted as one of those who supported placing us in the economic and social mess we find ourselves in today …

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Flashy, Bev said:”We were wrong in providing a market for slavery”. What the heck does that have to do with bush/Cheney?!? Do you even read the posts before commenting on them?!? Or do you just blame everything on bush/Cheney?!? It doesn’t seem to matter what the topic is or what was said you just jump in with your bush/Cheney remarks. What an idiot!

      • Vigilant

        Flashy says, “Nancy…did you vote for Bush/Cheney? Just checking to make certain you may be counted as one of those who supported placing us in the economic and social mess we find ourselves in today.”

        Sorry for you, dude, “The economic and social mess we find ourselves in today” is clearly Obama’s fault. He not only kept up the misbegotten policies of Bush, he accelerated them and made the problems worse. He’s had 42 months to effect “hope and change,” and all he’s done is make matters more untenable.

        No one’s letting Bush off the hook, mind you, it’s the failed regime of Obama that’s killing this nation as we speak.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Nancy in Nebraska,”

        YES – SLAVE MASTERS AND SLAVES ARE ALL DEAD; BUT, THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF LIVING “Jim Crowers” – CAUCASIAN AND NEGRO.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Christopher, I can assure you “I” am no Jim Crower!!! I refuse to accept responsibility for the absolutely UGLY actions of others! When my children were young we lived in an integrated neighborhood and their friends were black and white. I am guilty of wanting to live in nice neighborhoods with the best schools. I would not raise my children in the ghetto to prove a point. I always kept my children on a short leash. I knew where they were and with whom, regardless of color. I taught my children that the color of a person’s skin has nothing to do with what kind of people they are. When my children came home from school and said that “black kids were mean” (the kids who were bussed in), I taught them that those kids came from “tough” neighborhoods where they had to be tough to get by. I told them that there were “tough” white neighborhoods too but they didn’t bus those kids so they just didnt see them. None of my children are racists. They have all had black friends at one time or another. In fact, one of my sons is married to a wonderful strong, responsible black woman! She is the mother of my grandson and I couldn’t be happier! Over the past six years, we’ve gotten to know her family and spent MANY hours together. Whether its at family gatherings or parties with friends, there is always a mix of people. THAT’S the way it SHOULD be! My point is only that ALL white people shouldn’t be blamed for the actions of others, just as ALL black people shouldn’t be blamed for the actions of others.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Nancy in Nebraska,”

        OF COURSE, I WAS NOT PERSONALLY REFERRING TO YOU; BECAUSE MANY OLDER PEOPLE ARE STILL ALIVE, RACIAL ANGER STILL FLOURISHES.

        FROM TIME TO TIME, MEMPHIS NEWS STILL HAS STORIES OF ELDERLY Ku Klux Klansmen BEING HARRASSED, OR, PROSECUTED FOR SOME FORTY-YEAR-OLD VIOLATION.

        MANY PEOPLE ON THIS SITE ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THOSE TIMES. [I AM NOT - I WAS BORN IN 1966]. THEIR VIEWS ON THIS ISSUE CAN BE CLEARLY DETECTED IN VARIOUS THREADS.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Nancy in Nebraska,”

        I LIKE YOUR COMMENTS – UNFORTUNATELY, NEGROES GIVE CAUCASIANS SOLE BLAME BECAUSE CAUCASIANS ARE THE MAJORITY.

        I KNOW NOTHING OF NEBRASKA, BUT, I ASSUME MOST NEGRO NEBRASKANS LIVE IN OMAHA. HOW DO THEY GET ALONG WITH CAUCASIAN NEBRASKA? THINK ABOUT THE CAUCASIAN STATES LIKE IDAHO, OREGON AND VERMONT. THIS IS WHY MOST NEGROES ARE PLEASED WITH THE BIRACIAL PRESIDENT’S “BRAIN-WASHING” OF THEM. ["A black face in a high place" is a very powerful DRUG for Negroes].

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • Vigilant

      “…and the white people didn’t bring them here . the Spanish did that…”

      Last time I checked, the Spanish were white people. As were the Dutch, English and Portuguese slave traders, along with the Muslims.

    • vanguard7

      John, I spent over twenty years in the Air Force (retired in 2006) and one thing I found throughout my entire career is that there were two separate ways of dealing with people and those ways were based on skin color. The blacks got coddled and given every benefit of the doubt – god forbid they get called out for a racist remark (Yes! They did do that often) while the white servicemembers were jumped on for the slightest thing that could be twisted or misconstrued to be derogatory against the African-American member. I had a roommate early on in my career who deliberately set out to make my life miserable in an attempt to get me to change rooms. The day I arrived at my new duty location and met him after getting assigned to my room he said “don’t worry, I’ve already arranged for you to move in with someone that is more suitable.” He had no idea what might be a suitable match for me because we had no sooner said hi to each other when he said that. I pointed out to him that they assigned me to his room and they weren’t in the habit of assigning new arrivals to temporary housing. His reply was “well I’m a dayworker and work admin so I’m entitled to my own room but I realize you wouldn’t know that coming fresh out of tech school but this is the way the “real” Air Force works.” (He was only a 2-striper as I was) What he didn’t know was that it wasn’t my first duty assignment and that I was only about 2 months away from putting on my 3rd stripe while he still had over a year to go for his third stripe. I also knew that typically, worldwide, an airmen wasn’t entitled to his “own” room until he made Staff Sergeant (second level NCO). Career fields or work schedules had no bearing on who roomed with who. I let him continue with his b.s. and then when he was done I informed him about what the actual “real” Air Force was like when it came to housing and pointed out that technically I outranked him and that it wasn’t my “first” duty assignment as he mistakenly assumed. A few months later he made the mistake of calling me “white honky trash” and that there was no way he was going to share his room with any white man. Fortunately he said it loud enough that others in the hallway and adjoining rooms heard his remarks and we ended up before our 1st Shirt along with our supervisors. Ultimate outcome? If anyone were to be moved out of the room it would be both of us….the 1st shirt said “I can’t see making just one of you move out so if anyone changes rooms it will be both of you.” I guarantee you that if it had been me making a racist remark instead, that I would have been moved out and ordered to go through classes and special training through Social Actions on base.

      Another incident I had was at my first duty assignment where I had the responsibility of delegating end of shift cleaning duties (termed “end of shift bennies”) to the younger airmen on crew. It was a fair and equitable system in which every eligible Airman (based on rank/time in service) was on a list and we just went down the list with the next person each shift. Well, one individual had been finding some reason, everytime it was his turn, to get someone else to do his chores for him (promising to do it when it was their turn but never did). When his turn came up and I informed him, he said he couldn’t because he had some “hot” matter come up at his position and he couldn’t leave his position. I spoke to his section lead and confirmed there was nothing so pressing that it couldn’t be handled by someone else. I let him know that his excuse was not going to work this time and he still had to do bennies. His reply was “it’s because I’m black isn’t it?”. I about lost it and went off on him to the point that our flight Commander and any NCO and Senior Leadership on the floor overheard me. He ended up completing the chores but then we ended up having to stay late to have a sit down talk with our Flight Commander and Flight Supervisor (our most senior NCO on crew). He learned real quick everyone on the crew was onto his techniques for shirking his duties/responsibilities and that they would not be tolerated anymore. He’d been getting away with it for over a year at that point. He was also ordered to perform those duties
      for the next 30 straight days of duty. We didn’t have any problems with him after that.

      But you’re right though that they are sensitive to any remarks/actions that they can twist around and take out of context in an attempt to make them look like they are a victim of racism. I’m not saying racism doesn’t still exist but they are the ones that keep it alive and often times are just as guilty of what I call “reverse” discrimination although one would be hard-pressed to find any so-called expert that would acknowledge there is such a thing as reverse discrimination. Martin Luther King was one of my heroes and I can only imagine how he would feel today if he saw how his legacy and all the incredible advancements in racial relations in this country that he was directly responsible for has been set back over 100 yrs by one person and his administration in just 3 or 4 years. But there is a reason Obama and his people have worked so hard to foment and reignite racial tensions in America….it is to divide and conquer the country for the sole purpose of turning our country into a Socialist nation. They are dividing and conquering on every possible front they can think of to include class warfare and religious freedoms.

      This is why it will be sooooo important to get this man and his people out of Washington in November. And when I speak of his people I refer to his corraborators in his agenda such as Pelosi, Reid, Wasserman-Schultz, Waters, Boxer, Holder, et al.

      • Buck100

        I agree. Researching President Obama, his book, his friends and come away thinking this guy is a Marxist. It is plain as day, he doesn’t understand Capitalism nor likes it. My fellow Americans do not vote for any Democrats.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “john p.,”

      AT THE TIME OF EXPLORATION AND COLONIZATION, THE SPANISH MONARCHY WAS CAUCASIAN. IT IS WRONG TO SEPARATE OTHER CAUCASIANS OF WESTERN EUROPE FROM THE SPANISH.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        I think that we should separate individuals and not blame a whole race of people for the actions of others, regardless of color.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Nancy in Nebraska,”

        I HAVE CAUCASIAN FRIENDS. I AM DARK-SKINNED NEGRO. WHEN A CAUCASIAN FRIEND AND I GO TO A RESTAURANT – AND, OF COURSE – SIT AT THE SAME TABLE, OLDER CAUCASIANS USUALLY STARE. IF WE LAUGH WITH EACH OTHER, OR EMBRACE, THE STARES BECOME MORE INTENSE.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • http://n/a AmFer

    Thank you, Judge Timberland! Thank you, Iowa! Let’s get sanity back into America!

    • Flashy

      Iowa is not doing to badly eh? Seems they have their act together. This ruling by a judge. They gave Pres. Obama his jump start in ’08, employment is high in the state, and it looks like it may go Obama again this year…or barely GOP.

      • http://personalliberty.com Ed Weber

        They gave Pres. Obama his jump start in ’08, employment is high in the state, and it looks like it may go Obama again this year.

        Well,,,now we know where dumb n dumer live.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Flashy,”

        I GUESS YOU HAVE A POINT. IOWA MUST BE “black-friendly.” University of Iowa WAS THE FIRST INSTITUTION IN THE NATION TO BESTOW A Doctor of Philosophy in Music UPON A NEGRO.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • http://Yahoo L.M.B.

    This is akin to calling someone an Uncle Tom. If you have ever read Uncle Toms Cabin,you would know that the Uncle Tom character in Uncle Toms Cabin, was not at all like the type of person that someone refers to when they call someon an Uncle Tom.

    • Vigilant

      You’re 100% correct. Uncle Tom suffered death rather than mistreat his own.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “L. M. B.,”

      BEING “Uncle Tom” MEANS YOU PREFER CAUCASIANS, RATHER THAN, YOUR OWN KIND. THIS IDEOLOGY DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN AN “Uncle Tom” IS WILLING TO GO TO THE “EXTREME.”

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Vigilant

        That’s just what LMB and I said. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s character, Uncle Tom, was quite different from what has become an insult. He had no love for, nor reason to love, whites.

        Have you ever read her work?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vigilant,”

        I HAVE NOT READ HER WORK. I AM NOT A FAN OF MOST THINGS WHICH RELATE TO NEGROES. AS A CHILD, MY MOTHER “SHIELDED ME” FROM NEGROES. ALTHOUGH I SAW NEGROES AT SCHOOL AND IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, I SPENT LIMITED TIME WITH THEM.

        WHEN I WAS A CHILD IN THE EARLY 1970s, A THREE-VOLUME SET ON, “Black History,” SPONSORED BY, Ebony Magazine, WAS THE ONLY SOURCE AVAILABLE. I FELL IN LOVE WITH, “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.” IN SCHOOL, I WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED WITH CAUCASIAN INTELLECTUALISM.

        THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF MY ADULT-INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS WERE WITH CAUCASIANS. THEREFORE, I HAVE SEEN BOTH SIDES OF CAUCASIANS. I AM WILLING TO GIVE CAUCASIANS A LOT OF, “LEEWAY.” MOST NEGROES WHO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH CAUCASIANS HAVE NEVER SEEN THEIR “TENDER” SIDE.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Vigilant

        CAH, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It’s not a tough read, and I expect you would see the real Uncle Tom of her work.

        Stowe also shows both sides of the caucasians, the kind vs. the mean slaveholders.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Vigilant,”

        THANKS FOR THE RECOMMENDATION; HOWEVER, I AM THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO HAS A NEGATIVE-PSYCHOLOGICAL REACTION TO American History. American History REMINDS ME, “I am black” – I DO NOT LIKE THAT. I LOVE HISTORY, BUT, ONLY HISTORY WHICH DOES NOT INVOLVE INTERACTION BETWEEN CAUCASIANS AND NEGROES.

        Ancient/Medieval Europe FITS MY TASTE.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • hooder

    I imagine she’s black.

    • Vigilant

      She’s been characterized as “Blackanese,” i.e., half Japanese and half African heritage.

  • FEDUP!

    Good Point Chuck: It’s like teachers forgot how to teach, how useless is that?

  • Mort

    Might as well ban all of Mark Twain. For Samuel Clemens sarcasm and irony was directed at many targets. Has anybody read A Connecticut Yankee? If Clemens were a Catholic, he would probably have been excommunicated for that book. And with our thin-skinned POTUS, both Clemens and Will Rogers might find themselves in a FEMA camp, courtesy of the NDAA.

  • ernie

    I hate racism. It is terrible. The most racist people I have ever know are the ones that complain about it the loudest and then blame me for it. We grow up together in the same country, attend the same schools, and should have the same desires to live quiet, peaceful, and meaningful lives. Don’t blame me for things that happened generations ago. Begin to take responsibility for your own lives and not blame everyone else for it.
    The thing I hate most about racism is that they want to take away my right to not like someone because they are an idiot, not because of race. This woman is the racist one. She needs to get help, and definitely should not be spreading her ideas to students.

  • Armen Kartvelian

    One of the most difficult things for XXI century liberals to understand is that it makes no sense to apply our values to works or situations of past centuries. We were not living then, and to apply our standards is anachronistic.

    Fine for a teacher of literature to point out that words or customs that were the norm when Mark Twain wrote are in some cases unacceptable today.

    The next thing you know these protectors of our virtue will be advocating putting “offensive” or “racist” books in locked areas, access to which is granted only with a parent or guardian’s permission for minors and the requirement that the reader — minor or adult– must sign for the material.

    It’s said, “Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile.” If that applies to the secular Index librorum prohibitorum, a logical step forward is to burn or perhaps shred such offensive books. Shades of the Middle Ages or Nazi Germany.

    Whether the teacher should have been sent for re-education as Pol Pot or Mao Tse Dung did with dissidents (we do have sensitivity training courses) or simply fired, I leave to others.

    But for that teacher to have continued to teach with no corrective measures would have been dead wrong. If she was a member of a teachers’ union, I wonder what the union’s position on this business is.

  • dcjdavis

    At 31, do you think anyone has thought to ask her what her name is when she’s having these flashbacks? I’d like to know who she’s channelling.

  • oldbill

    I was under the impression, misguided perhaps, that Mr. Clemens (Mark Twain) was an avid supporter of equal rights for blacks, American Indians, and women. If Ms. Galloway needs a job, perhaps someone can put her on as a maid or farm hand. She obviously doesn’t want to be a teacher.

  • 45caliber

    Galloway has flashbacks to the KKK?? Odd. I haven’t heard of any KKK activity targetting blacks since I was a child – long before she was born. I always thought that flashbacks were related to previous experiences. And with the slant of the media since the early 60s, I would have thought any such actions would have immediately received national attention.

    And if anyone here has not read “Huckleberry Finn” they should read it before insisting it is racist and should be banned. The book addresses racism, yes, as much as a joke as anything. Mark Twain was known for that. After all, when Jim runs away with Huck, they go SOUTH rather than North.

  • Proud Citizen of the US

    There are many good comments in this post. It is true that our freedoms are at risk of being taken away when any group, government or not, tells us what we can or can’t read. How about the book, “Black Like Me”? Shall we let that be banned too? What’s next? The bible perhaps? The United States of America is a free, diversified nation and ignorate race battles need to stop. We are all HUMAN! Period!

  • s c

    Between families that don’t have a clue as to how to raise their kids and people who shouldn’t be allowed to be within 100 miles of a school, it’s no wonder that this insanity still exists. Without a doubt, the yahooette “teacher’s aide” in question should be working at a DMV – in DC.
    Isn’t it bad enough that we have career criminals in Washington who refuse to read and still demand to be seen as leaders and self-styled geniuses? Amerika’s FAILED public schools don’t get out of this, folks. When it comes to kids with diplomas, you tend to get what the kid really did while in school and many years of concentrated incompetence on the part of “educators.”
    Again, people, CHOOSE. Homeschool, church school or private school. If you don’t live in a small town, get your kids OUT of those _____ public schools. DO YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDS?

  • gunner689AI

    I’m so glad this happened. Finally the system kept another lousy PC sensitive person out of the educational system. Hope this becomes a national trend so education and free thought can start working again

    • Jeremy Leochner

      Political correctness is not the enemy of free thought. Because being politically correct is often the same as being correct correct.

      • 45caliber

        LOL!

      • brenda

        Being politically correct is just plain stupid and unrealistic.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Ahahahahahaha!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

      • Jeremy Leochner

        How. Example: The n word was contrived as a word for a fictional being. It was created as the word for a stereotype of African Americans. The n word describes a fictional character, it is not real. Calling someone the N word would be like calling someone a character from a play. Its unreal and untrue. Its incorrect and politically incorrect to call someone or refer to someone as the n word. Or perhaps any sort of a stereotype. Not believing in stereotypes or not promoting stereotypes is politically correct. But stereotypes are not true, that’s why they are called stereotypes. Not promoting or believing in stereotypes is not only politically correct it is correct correct as well. Give me an example of political correctness being stupid and unrealistic. Perhaps in some cases it is. But political correctness itself is not bad nor is it an enemy of free thought. You can think such things, but don’t act on them. Free thought does not mean free action.

      • http://personalliberty.com Ed Weber

        Give me an example of political correctness being stupid and unrealistic.

        Calling the terroristic acts of 9-11-01 a “man caused disaster”. Compliments of our D.H.S.

  • Jeremy Leochner

    A lot has been made of the fact that the N word appears so often in Huck Finn. An interesting analysis of this fact once came from of all people and places Larry Wilmore the comedian on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. To paraphrase him Jim the African American who accompanies Huck is a run away slave. The N word that is used against him so much is meant to show that while Jim can run away from being a slave he cant run away from being called a nigger. I think the purpose of the N word and other racism in the story was to show that while slavery was often condemned, racism and discrimination were not only acceptable but also popular.

  • terris

    What an idiot. Of course it’s racist. It reflected what was happening in the US at the time. It’s also a very well written book. Mark Twain wwas an excellent writer.

  • TIME

    Ok first off, these fit the bill here quite well;

    War is Peace

    Freedom is Slavery

    Ignorance is Strength

    Now think about these as this is what we face from the “POLITICAL Ideology” that the US Inc has provided to create a DIVIDE and Conquer platform to break down groups into smaller easy to handle units, aka the “CONTROL GRID” Platform.

    This book is a time capsule of that moment in TIME, by an Author who was keen enough to observe human behavior of that moment.
    Its a Classic and should be a mandated read as an American Classic.

    OMG the next step will be a Book Burning by the Political storm troopers.

    Peace and Love

    • Nancy in Nebraska

      Ah, yes! Doublespeak!

      • TIME

        Dear Nancy,

        You got that right, how strange that it still works after over 150 years of it!

        Peace and Love.

  • brenda

    A FLASH BACK !she says.Really ? The 31 yro woman never experianced the KKK. She’s way too young to have had any dealings with the Kkk. Why is it that some blacks want the rest of us to think they were slaves or dealt with the kkk? This rediculous

    • Tired of it all!

      I agree 100%! They need to get up off that lazy thing and go to work like the rest of us!

      • http://personalliberty.com Ed Weber

        She was working! She was just to stupid to hold that position.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” AND Ku Klux Klan ARE PARTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY. Ms. Galloway’s FIRST NAME [Naiya] IMPLIES SHE IS NEGRO. Ms. Galloway DESERVED A REPRIMAND BECAUSE OF THE HARM SHE PLACED ON STUDENTS – “Huck Finn,” DOES APPEAR ON STANDARDIZED EXAMS. THEREFORE, ALL STUDENTS MUST KNOW ABOUT THIS PIECE OF LITERATURE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • FWO21

    I agree with some of these posts but it takes too long to load when I hit the reply, so I just started at the bottom. Some people just can’t handle the truth. If black people would actually notice how far they have come, they would do a lot better. Get along with the white man sort of thing. I don’t mean to sound racist. It’s just that this last 4 years has been the most racist in our world that I have ever noticed.

    It took women 47 years to earn the right to vote.

  • my 2¢ worth

    People have become too damn sensitive. Huck Finn is part of history.. History itself was filled with bigotry and racism, that doesn’t mean it can’t be discussed and understood for what it was. Out of sight, out of mind.. That’s what (some) teachers believe is best for our future leaders and followers, you know.. like putting on rose colored glasses and seeing the world through the mind of Tinkerbell. Get over it!! Certain beliefs of today will most likely be seen as ridiculous and probably racist in 50 to 75 years as well. We can’t help the way our ancestors viewed reality and we shouldn’t hide our shame by suppressing the truth, the only thing we can do is make certain history doesn’t repeat itself.. Don’t make it worse by treating it the opposite way, that only shuffles the blame to our century.

  • wdharris2

    The strange thing about racism is that is based on being different. By different it has created a sort-of under class. With that said, If one can not stand to read certain matters they can choose to “close the book”. In other words, the only ones that are being racist are the ones that are trying to deny the era. Further more if you don’t want to be racist about any subject, by all means, research the era OF THAT TIME, understand the culture, and then make an educated decision on it so you are not just as racist as the person you are accusing.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “wdharris2,”

      I HEAR YA. UNFORTUNATELY, BEING “black” IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS A TERRIBLE THING. AS A NEGRO, I TRY TO KEEP A CHEERFUL COUNTENANCE. THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE WHEN STUDYING A SUBJECT FILLED WITH LYNCHINGS, WHIPPINGS, ETC. THIS UNHAPPINESS IS COMPOUNDED BY THE FACT I AM DARK-SKINNED NEGRO. IF I HAD BEEN BORN CAUCASIAN, MY LIFE WOULD BE EXPONENTIALLY EASIER.

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