A Columbia University student publicly complained about her professor using the word "Negro," even though he said it in a lesson about 1960s America.
The Columbia Daily Spector ran a storyThursday about what happens "when professors make racially insensitive remarks." The paper cited a complaint by student Maria Fernanda Martinez of a perceived "microagression." Martinez said her professor told the class it was appropriate to use the term "Negro" when discussing the 1960's, a time when that was the politically correct term for African-Americans.
"Martinez, troubled by these comments, sent her professor an email after class, including links to resources about why using the term is offensive, but said she saw no real change in her professor’s approach to teaching the material," the Spector reported.
"I didn’t pay attention in class after that," Martinez said.