Teacher On Paid Leave After Calling Student’s Music 'N***er Tunes'

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The white teacher saw no issue with telling her student, who was playing Tupac Shakur in class on Friday, to lower the volume of her “n***er tunes.”

Close-up of late rapper Tupac Shakur

A white high school teacher in Alabama is under fire for using a racial epithet with her students.

According to The Root, Teddie Butcher told her students to turn down the “n***er” music as they were playing Tupac Shakur during class on Friday.

Shenita Morrow, a parent of one of Butcher’s students, said that her daughter was playing “Dear Mama” by the late rapper while working on an assignment. Morrow noted that students are typically allowed to play music during Butcher’s food-and-nutrition course.

However, when Butcher heard the song playing, she requested that the student “turn the n***er tunes off.”

Hoover High School Superintendent Kathy Murphy confirmed that Butcher did, indeed, use the offensive word.

Butcher apologized to her students on Monday, but the issue remains that she should have never felt comfortable enough to use the word — especially in a classroom setting — in the first place.

“After meeting with her, it’s just baffling to me how someone does not understand the severity of the weight of that word,” Morrow said.

Adding insult to injury, Butcher has been placed on administrative leave with pay as a result of the incident, which is more equivalent to a paid vacation rather than a disciplinary action.  

Clearly, the entire administration and district fail to recognize the weight the slur carries and the seriousness of having an educator casually using it in her everyday vernacular. 

It should be noted that this incident occurred in Alabama, and the southern United States tend to deal with issues of race a bit more lax than other parts of the country.

However, the current state of race relations on a national scale, and attempts to normalize racism by President Donald Trump, should serve as more than enough reason to hold people more accountable for perpetuating racist views and language.   

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