Wisconsin students walk out to protest racial slur firing

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2019

A black Wisconsin security guard who was sacked for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it says he's not angry because he's received "a busload of love" from supporters. A livestream of the walkout that showed what appeared to be at least a few dozen students milling around on sidewalks.

Marlon Anderson repeated the n-word while asking a black pupil who had addressed him with the epithet to stop. He responded by telling the student not to call him the word, himself repeating it several times.

The school district has said it has a zero-tolerance policy on employees using racial slurs. "Regardless of context or circumstance", she wrote, "racial slurs are not acceptable in our schools".

And if that wasn't enough, singer Cher even offered to pay his legal fees if he chooses to sue.

But under the school's "zero-tolerance" policy, that one sentence was used as grounds to fire him. "It's the intent behind what you're saying". A petition calling for his reinstatement went up Thursday on Change.org, drawing thousands of signatures.

"I thank god for the support, I thank god for the students and I'm so proud that they got out there and they fought, and that they made it happen", Anderson said.

Before the firing, Mr Anderson had worked for the school district for the last 11 years.

"In a school of over 2,300 students and 200 staff, Marlon has the desire and uncanny ability to remember every single person's name", they wrote in the fundraiser's description.

On Friday, hundreds of students left school to protest, walking two miles to the MMSD offices. They held signs with messages like "Black staff matter!" and "Context matters!"

In a statement to staff, Belmore said she is "prepared to take appropriate steps in the current situation, and I will begin to work with our administrative team to ensure that we mitigate any harm that was caused and begin the healing process and give the board time to review our practice".

The school board president, Gloria Reyes, said in a statement Friday that she wants the board to review its policy on racial slurs as soon as possible.

"This is an incredibly hard situation, and we acknowledge the emotion, harm and complexity involved", Reyes said. "Please continue to keep us in your prayers".

Anderson, who is insulin dependent and anxious about the loss of his health insurance, watched the protest unfold on social media.

"I am overwhelmed by the love", he continued.

I have cried so much watching you guys on social media my head lost weight, I am overwhelmed by the love when I get back.

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