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Washington mother upset her daughter was asked to pick cotton in class
upi ^ | April 30, 2014 | Evan Bleier

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 daughter’s 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 school’s curriculum.


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KEYWORDS: academicbias; cotton; herstory; likelystories; plantation; slave; washington
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1 posted on 04/30/2014 2:43:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I need to remember this next Passover Seder when we get to the bitter herbs.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 2:45:40 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: JoeProBono

From the “What were they Thinking?” file.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 2:45:50 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JoeProBono

This Country is with in a red &%^$#$ hair of full blown civil war !!!


4 posted on 04/30/2014 2:46:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: JoeProBono

So what? I have picked cotton and I am not Black. Everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 2:47:20 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: JoeProBono

Plenty of white folks picked cotton.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 2:47:56 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: MamaB

Me too.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 2:48:52 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: MamaB

I picked raspberries...bees hide under them big leaves.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 2:49:13 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: JoeProBono

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.


9 posted on 04/30/2014 2:49:33 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: JoeProBono

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


10 posted on 04/30/2014 2:49:44 PM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


11 posted on 04/30/2014 2:51:08 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: JoeProBono

I need to invent a pill that when taken will grow a thicker skin. I’ll be rich!


12 posted on 04/30/2014 2:51:14 PM PDT by liege (America 180)
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To: Usagi_yo

Perhaps they should have it as an exercise to learn a “skill” of any kind other than, eating, sleeping, texting and sex.


13 posted on 04/30/2014 2:51:25 PM PDT by Cats Pajamas
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To: JoeProBono

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.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 2:52:19 PM PDT by pallis
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To: JoeProBono

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!


15 posted on 04/30/2014 2:52:25 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: MamaB

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.


16 posted on 04/30/2014 2:52:28 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: MamaB


17 posted on 04/30/2014 2:52:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: defconw

Maybe this woman needs to abstain from Obama’s math core curriculum.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 2:52:44 PM PDT by Cats Pajamas
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To: JoeProBono
"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,"

What year is it, right now??? Have I woke up in the 1930's or something?

19 posted on 04/30/2014 2:53:40 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: JoeProBono

I am a West Virginia. If someone asked my son to handle coal, there would be h-e-double hockey sticks to pay!!


20 posted on 04/30/2014 2:53:44 PM PDT by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: JoeProBono

Both of my (mostly white) parents picked cotton as kids. My dad’s family were sharecroppers. He’s pestering me to find and order some cotton seeds so my kids can see what it was like to chop cotton and pick cotton.

This lady and her kid sound like losers.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 2:53:52 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Jewbacca

A conservative teacher should hold a class to show what it’s like for Christians to live in a mooselimb country. Wonder how the Lefties would take that.....


22 posted on 04/30/2014 2:55:24 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: yarddog


23 posted on 04/30/2014 2:55:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

my dad picked cotton as a child in the 30’s - they had to eat


24 posted on 04/30/2014 2:55:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: JoeProBono
"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,"

This is 2014. Maybe I'm just terribly misinformed, but I call BS on this statement. Somehow I missed blacks raised on a plantation in the 70s or 80s (or 90s)
25 posted on 04/30/2014 2:56:41 PM PDT by cidrasm
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To: Cats Pajamas

Agreed!


26 posted on 04/30/2014 2:57:22 PM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: defconw
Her grandparents were raised on a plantation?

The truth doesn't matter ... only how she feels about it.

27 posted on 04/30/2014 2:57:37 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: GeronL


28 posted on 04/30/2014 2:58:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: NorthMountain

We are so screwed!


29 posted on 04/30/2014 2:59:27 PM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: JoeProBono

I still remember the most I ever picked in one day. 94 pounds. I was around 10.

My Aunt Ruby who owned the land and cotton would always pick over 200. All her children also picked but now that I think about it, Uncle Buck never did any picking.


30 posted on 04/30/2014 2:59:41 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: pallis

When I was 12 I had a summer job hoeing

Must ... resist ... urge ... to ... be ... a ... smart@$$.


31 posted on 04/30/2014 3:00:26 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: defconw
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

I wondered if I was the only one doing the math. What a bunch of lying skanks.

32 posted on 04/30/2014 3:01:06 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: cidrasm


33 posted on 04/30/2014 3:01:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Sacajaweau
I for one ,Plenty of white folks picked cotton., and a good trade to know. Also know how to chop cotton , comes in handy with the garden chores . ;)
34 posted on 04/30/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe this woman needs more Prozac.

Is she ignorant or what? Does she wear clothes? Does she have towels and sheets?


35 posted on 04/30/2014 3:03:40 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: JoeProBono

Well, this is a good example of why this country is in trouble. Americans these days do not like to work.


36 posted on 04/30/2014 3:04:04 PM PDT by moviefan8
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To: JoeProBono

Overall a pretty dumb idea....

I suggest they do a reenactment of the end of Spartacus....

Romans knew how to deal with slaves.....


37 posted on 04/30/2014 3:04:23 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: piroque


38 posted on 04/30/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Black Agnes
Where in heck in Redmond did they find any cotton to "pick"??

Cotton don't grow in WA, and down in my home state of Louisiana where it "does" grow (and yes,I've both picked and hoed it), it doesn't reach "pickable" stage until late August or early September.

I would guess that this is drug store cotton balls stuck onto some bush.

39 posted on 04/30/2014 3:05:13 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: JoeProBono

A photo that shows some of my mother’s and her family’s life as fruit and cotton pickers, and share croppers.


40 posted on 04/30/2014 3:05:59 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: JoeProBono
...her grandparents were raised on a plantation to pick cotton...

Then they must have been paid farm hands because no child alive today has grandparents who were slaves on a plantation.

41 posted on 04/30/2014 3:06:23 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: JoeProBono

Lots of people have picked cotton in the country, slave, sharecropper, and dirt poor white people working for a wage. I know a few very personally.
Cotton is a huge element in American history. The invention of the cotton gin, the boll weevil story, slavery, how American cotton affected the world order regarding British cotton from India and Egypt.

This woman is willfully ignorant. If ANYONE should hold a cotton bowl in their hand and pick it out, get the seeds out, maybe get a cut on their finger from the sharp edges, it -should- be her little African American kid. Its idiotic for anyone to deliberately ignore what their forbearers endured.


42 posted on 04/30/2014 3:08:25 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: MamaB

But surely this “lesson” lacked realism.

Many years ago, my niece’s teacher found out I was a southerner. She (the teacher) actually wanted me to steal a twig or two of cotton.


43 posted on 04/30/2014 3:10:55 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Osage Orange
Yeh...her grandparents were picking cotton on a plantation.....in 1940????

It's a stupid assignment by a stupid teacher. Let's see a picture of the teacher.

This is called a "Lets hate whitey" assignment.

44 posted on 04/30/2014 3:11:05 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Usagi_yo

I disagree.

My son attends a fantastic private school. One lesson they do in sixth grade is go on a 4 day camp where they have a slave sale.

Students pick their role out of a hat and are an owner, a slave capturer, a slave seller, or a slave. Then act out their roles over several days.

Some slaves escape on the railroad, some are captured, etc.

When they come back, they have a much better idea of the whole concept.

The school has done it for years without complaint.


45 posted on 04/30/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Responsibility2nd

“From the “What were they Thinking?” file.”

Probably thinking kids need to know the history of the industrial revolution? Sorry they removed their revolutionary socialist sensibility glasses for a moment.


46 posted on 04/30/2014 3:11:28 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: MamaB
"So what? I have picked cotton and I am not Black. Everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime."

My grandparents were cotton farmers and picked loads of cotton.

I picked cotton too...(about 8 hours...that was enough for me. I got an education, lol)

47 posted on 04/30/2014 3:12:01 PM PDT by blam
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To: JoeProBono

I picked and chopped cotton while the blacks on welfare watched us work. My Uncles were the first in the area to use a mechanized cotton picker. My Grandmother had a hard time selling aspirin to the blacks in her little store because they were too proud to pick the cotton off the top of the pills.


48 posted on 04/30/2014 3:12:12 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: yarddog

...”Yes we worked for our Uncle”

and every April 16 I realize we all now working for Uncle Sam


49 posted on 04/30/2014 3:14:33 PM PDT by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: yarddog

...”Yes we worked for our Uncle”

and every April 16 I realize we all now working for Uncle Sam


50 posted on 04/30/2014 3:14:33 PM PDT by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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