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Age of Awareness

Why I Won’t Read the N-word Aloud in Class

And neither should you

Photo by Tim Wildsmith on Unsplash

Words have power, as much as we might like to say otherwise. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a ridiculous lie. Of course words hurt. And if we read words like the n-word in class, we are complicit, giving our students permission to use these words against each other.

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Cindy Shapiro

Cindy Shapiro

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Cindy Shapiro is long-time teacher living in Colorado. As a writer, she aims to elevate teachers’ voices and provide insight on issues in education.