I recently had a teacher contact me with questions about how to handle student’s use of the n-word. It’s an issue that has come up frequently in the news in the past year. It’s not a question with quick or easy answers.

I recommend this article as a good way to begin having some meaningful conversations around the subject.


It is definitely better to be proactive in these situations rather than waiting until negative situations occur and then trying to manage the crisis. These questions are not easy or comfortable to discuss but it’s essential to do so. Avoidance will only lead to more crisis situations.


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