Teacher Accused of Calling Haitian Student 'Chocolate Boy,' Faces Suspension

Claire Gordon
Haitian student chocolate boy teacher
Haitian student chocolate boy teacher

In Philip Roth's 2000 novel "The Human Stain," a classics professor, referring to two students who had never come to class, asks his seminar: "Do they exist or are they spooks?" The man eventually resigned over the remark; he didn't realize that the two students were black, and spooks was considered a racist term. It's unclear whether a teacher in South Florida made a similarly innocent slip when she allegedly called a Haitian-American student "little chocolate boy" and "chocolate that nobody wanted."