Pennsylvania professor on leave for using N-word during lecture

Pennsylvania professor on leave for using N-word during lecture


A Pennsylvania professor is on leave after a video showed him repeatedly using a racial slur during an online course — insisting that it was OK since it was being used in an educational setting.

Video posted to Twitter Friday showed Duquesne University education professor Gary Shank saying the N-word at least three times during a remote session on Wednesday.

“I’m giving you permission to use the word, OK?” Shank says on the clip. “Because we’re using the word in a pedagogical sense. What’s the one word about race that we’re not allowed to use?”

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Several seconds of silence follow his question before Shank offers up a “hint,” saying the word starts with the letter N.

“It’s even hard to say, OK?” he continues. “I’ll tell you the word. And again, I’m not using in any way other than to demonstrate a point. Fair enough?”

A separate clip depicts Shank using the racial slur three times in the span

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