White teacher who quit urban school

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    Diane B.
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    I left a job I loved at an urban bilingual school after being assaulted half a dozen times in six months. My own mother called me a ‘nigger’ for working there. In addition, school police, local police, staff, students and parents gave me an extremely difficult time because of my race, age and gender. I had learned a new language, culture and politics to be successful there. I fought hard for African Americans and Latinos. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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    Name : Diane B., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Quaker, Age : 23, City : Philadelphia, State : PA Country : United States, Occupation : Teacher, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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    Melissa20777
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    Wow, that’s a sin … ignorance.

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    Name : Melissa20777, Gender : F, City : Devon, State : PA Country : United States, 
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    James E.
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    You have my sympathy for being assaulted. No one should have to be a victim. But it concerns me that your mother would call you the ‘N’ word. Why were you assaulted so many times? Did you use the ‘N’ word or some other racial slur? Did you portray yourself as a missionary among the natives? There is that saying that the apple does not fall far from the tree. I know many white teachers who teach at all-black or predominantly minority schools, male and female, who have never had a problem. I am not saying there is any justification for your assault, but there may be a determining factor behind it. Ask yourself the above questions, and be honest. This way, it may never happen again.

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    Name : James E., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Baptist, Age : 29, City : Baton Rouge, State : LA Country : United States, Occupation : trainer/instructor, Education level : 4 Years of College, 
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