Lesson on racial epithets to end after student complaint

07/15/2007 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A ninth-grade lesson designed to teach some Maryland students how hurtful racial epithets are will end after a black student told the school board the class had upset her. The lesson, intended to prepare students to read Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," will be replaced by a piece by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in which a white man disparagingly refers to all black men as "George."

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