The Perfect Response To The Person Who Says, 'But The Dictionary Definition Of Racism Is...'

What this cartoon isn't trying to say:

Everything you learned from dictionaries is ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

When I was young, I used to love reading the dictionary. It really helped me learn a lot of new words.

What this cartoon is actually trying to say:

It's not about being "right" or "wrong." The definitions the dictionary gives are not black and white.

While the dictionary might help out for very basic definitions, let's remember those definitions are watered down, short, quick, and often lacking nuance. Dictionary definitions won't necessarily tell you how a word has transformed in society.

And it never hurts to give a closer look to who wrote something. After all, everyone is a little biased. Even dictionary-writers.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18

Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)

"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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