Skip to comments.Washington mother upset her daughter was asked to pick cotton in class
Posted on 04/30/2014 2:43:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono
REDMOND , Wash. A mother in Washington is upset after a teacher at her daughters middle school allegedly gave students an assignment that required them to pick cotton so that they could "see what it was like to be a slave."
Carolyn Walker called Redmond Middle School to inform them that her daughter would not be doing the assignment and later found out the teacher gave her daughter an F.
"My daughter is African American and for her to pick cotton when her grandparents were raised on a plantation to pick cotton, is not OK, it's not OK at all," Walker told KIRO 7. "It's not just about my daughter, all races should not have to participate in this. It's wrong, it's absolutely wrong."
According to the Lake Washington School District, the lesson was about the impact that the invention of the cotton gin had on the Industrial Revolution."
Walker has scheduled a meeting with the teacher and the principal where she will request that the cotton lesson be dropped from the schools curriculum.
I need to remember this next Passover Seder when we get to the bitter herbs.
From the “What were they Thinking?” file.
This Country is with in a red &%^$#$ hair of full blown civil war !!!
So what? I have picked cotton and I am not Black. Everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime.
Plenty of white folks picked cotton.
I picked raspberries...bees hide under them big leaves.
It was an over reach in presenting this as a way to see what it feels like to have been a slave. Perhaps they should have had it as an exercise to see what it was like to be an indigent laborer.
Her grandparents were raised on a plantation? I am 50 years old and my great grandmother was born in 1881, for crying out loud! But this child’s grandparents are over 150 years old? LOL
We have some cotton fields growing not far from where I live. When it’s cotton pickin’ time the farmers hire high school kids and pays them well to handpick what the mechanical pickers miss. Lots of kids look forward to this as a chance to earn some extra money and there is an abundance of Black, white and Hispanic kids.
No big deal down here - but this is Texas.
I need to invent a pill that when taken will grow a thicker skin. I’ll be rich!
Perhaps they should have it as an exercise to learn a “skill” of any kind other than, eating, sleeping, texting and sex.
Funny! When I was 12 I had a summer job hoeing weeds on a cotton farm. I didn’t feel exploited, but then I was a little white boy.
The act of picking cotton tells you what it was like to be a slave...? Jeez Louise!...Someone please find these idiots their missing brains!
I and my siblings picked cotton for 3 cents a pound. I remember the first trip to the cotton gin, Uncle Buck paid us in cash and I went immediately to the dime store and bought a monopoly set.
Yes we worked for our Uncle.
Maybe this woman needs to abstain from Obama’s math core curriculum.
What year is it, right now??? Have I woke up in the 1930's or something?
I am a West Virginia. If someone asked my son to handle coal, there would be h-e-double hockey sticks to pay!!
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