Yearbooks recalled after racial slur noticed on cover – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Yearbooks recalled after racial slur noticed on cover – The San Diego Union-Tribune – The cover featured the words “Looking for Adventure” emblazoned over a 19th Century map of North County. The design was intended to reflect the yearbook theme of travel and adventure.

What the yearbook staff didn’t notice when selecting the map, however, was that a long-since changed road name included a racial epithet.

“This is something that we definitely need to look at in terms of how the yearbook gets edited and proof-read,” Paik said. “Even if it was unintentional, it was still hurtful to people, and we don’t want to do it again.”

Darlene Willis, co-founder and executive director of Concern Parents Alliance, once had two children at Black Mountain Middle School and said she was disappointed to learn of the issue, but pleased with the district’s quick response.

California middle school recalls yearbook after the word “n*gger” is discovered on cover – The road was known at the time as “Nigger Nate Grade.” It was renamed in 1955, when the NAACP successfully petitioned to have it changed. The outdated map was included on the yearbook cover as part of the book’s theme, “Looking for Adventure.”

All but three of the yearbooks have been successfully returned by students, the Union-Tribune reported, and administrators have contacted the students who still have the remaining copies. Reprinting the books with a new cover would cost the school an estimated $36,000, so administrators have opted to have school workers scratch off the offending word one book at a time. No books have been distributed to sixth or seventh graders yet.

The school’s principal, Charan Kirpalani, apologized for the error and assured families that the school was working to rectify the mistake.

“We deeply regret this error and have recalled all yearbooks distributed to grade eight students and will delay distributing the books to our grade six and seven students,” he said, according to the Union-Tribune. “We understand how important the yearbooks are to our students and are working on getting their memories to them. We are making the correction and will redistribute the yearbooks as soon as possible. Please contact us with any concern.”

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