San Diego school scratches out racial slur on yearbook covers


Civil rights leaders in San Diego are speaking out after a racial slur was printed on the cover of a school yearbook. 

Black Mountain Middle School's annual yearbook featured a 19th-century map that featured the "n-word" which was once the name of a Palomar Mountain area where a freed slave had made his home. 

The area was renamed in 1955 after a local rancher named Nate Harrison. 

Once school administrators discovered the word, they recalled the yearbooks and began scratching out the word on the cover. 

The National Action Network says the school should use the incident as a way to create a discussion about the former Kentucky slave. 

"Let’s have a forum and discussion, and educate our community and educate ourselves on just who Nate Harrison was,” the Rev. Shane Harris of the National Action Network‘s San Diego chapter told 10News.

Poway Unified estimated that it would cost the school district about 36,000 to reprint the annuals. Students would not have received them before the end of the school year. 

The school is reviewing editorial procedures. 


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