Teacher’s Aide Says Huck Finn Is Racist . . . Gets Fired?
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.
‘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.