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When Racial Slurs Become A Classroom Topic

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The Cambridge School Committee voted unanimously to authorize an investigation into an incident involving a committee member who said the n-word during a class discussion about race and racist language. School Committee member Emily Dexter, who is white, apologized to students the following week for saying the word, but not everyone feels her apology went far enough. We discuss whether it's ever appropriate to use racial slurs, even in the context of an academic discussion.

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Laurance Kimbrough, Cambridge School Committee member. He tweets @changeagentcps.

Darnisa Amante, founder and CEO of DEEP (Disruptive Equity Education Project). She tweets @dlamante.

This segment aired on February 14, 2019.

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