Pennsylvania professor put on leave after footage showed him saying the n-word ...

Duquesne University Professor Gary Shank

Duquesne University Professor Gary Shank 

A Pennsylvania professor has been put on leave after footage showed him saying the n-word in class and telling students it was fine to use the racial slur 'in a pedagogical sense'.

Duquesne University Professor Gary Shank was placed on paid leave pending an investigation over his alleged use of the racist language during a virtual class Thursday.

A video of the incident, posted on Twitter Friday, revealed the professor telling students he was 'giving them permission' to use the n-word in the lesson and telling them it 'was a very commonly used word' when he was young.

He is also heard telling the class people would throw around the term 'n****r rich' if they had some extra cash and asks students whether the term is still used today. 

The shocking footage was shared on social media by someone thought to be a student in the professor's educational psychology class. 

It shows a tablet screen with a slide presentation titled 'Race (from a cultural sense)' and reading: 'Based on perceived physical differences. Values assigned to race is cultural not physical.'

The top corner of the screen shows a man thought to be Shank hosting the class remotely.    

'I'm giving you permission to use the word okay,' a man believed to be Shank is heard saying.

'Because we're using the word in a pedagogical sense.'

He then asks: 'What's the one word about race that we're not allowed to use?'  

When met with silence, he continues: 'I'll give you a hint - it begins with 'n'. 

'It's even hard to say okay - I'll tell you the word.'

He then reinforces that he is only using the word to 'make a point'.

Pennsylvania professor Gary Shank has been put on leave after footage showed him saying the n-word in class and telling students it was fine to use the racial slur 'in a pedagogical sense'. Pictured the virtual class

Pennsylvania professor Gary Shank has been put on leave after footage showed him saying the n-word in class and telling students it was fine to use the racial slur 'in a pedagogical sense'. Pictured the virtual class

A video of the incident, posted on Twitter Friday, revealed the professor telling students he was 'giving them permission' to use the n-word in the lesson and telling them it 'was a very commonly used word' when he was young. Pictured the footage of the class

A video of the incident, posted on Twitter Friday, revealed the professor telling students he was 'giving them permission' to use the n-word in the lesson and telling them it 'was a very commonly used word'

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