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MUN prof’s use of the racial-offense in the lecture emphasizes the systemic issue

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • University states it’s probing.
  • Anti-racism advocates ask for educational reform in Newfoundland and Labrador at the K-12 and post-secondary classes. 

Teacher at MUN uses racial slur during a period: 

Newfoundland and Labrador anti-racism advocates ask for systemic modification in reaction to a video of a Memorial University teacher using a racial offense during a lecture.

In the video, associate teacher Sandrine Jean of the anthropology unit reads from a slide titled “Systems of Power and Languages,” which has the N-word as an instance of degrading speech. The word is spelled out, and Sandrine speaks it while reading off the slide. Source –

Laurel Mba, a Newfoundland and Labrador social activist, informed CBC News she published the video of the prerecorded period on Twitter on Wednesday after a student in the class sent her the video.

Read more: Stress, resignation among several N.L. students as offline classes restart

A teacher at MUN used a racial slur during a lecture

“I was brought aback..… I was like, ‘this can’t be real. This is not a MUN lecture.'” Mba stated. “I was stunned, and then I was baffled and a little unhappy.… I was very disgruntled that this was what occurred.” Source –

The point the word wasn’t used in a demeaning manner, Mba stated, doesn’t mean it can’t induce harm.

“Listening to those words does automatically cause a gasp moment for a lot of Black individuals,” she stated. Source –

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