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Unjust Termination


by Yaa Asantewa Nzingha
January 9, 2001

I was given a termination letter today from Lester Young, the district superintendent in Brooklyn, New York.  He concluded the following:

I solicited students to participate in a protest march;
I taught children that they are not Americans but Africans;
I called white people slave owners;
I said whites brain washed us.

He said for me to espouse these words to young students was unprofessional
and unbecoming to my position as an educator and as a result  I would be
terminated effective January 20, 2001.

Although I am not surprised at his findings I am saddened.  The above sounds
like charges against someone caught educating slaves in the 1800's.




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