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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
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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