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Student's KKK Board Game Stirs Controversy
kake.com ^ | 03/31/09 | Cayle Thompson

Posted on 04/01/2009 12:25:18 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3

Kansas-It all started as a school project for a class of 7th graders at Andover Middle School. The topic: the effects of racism and oppression in 1930s America.

Students had recently read Mildred Taylor's 1976 novel, "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry." The book deals with issues faced by African Americans in the first half of the 20th century.

But one student's work is catching the attention of more than just his teachers and classmates. Wichita's NAACP is now looking into a complaint filed by another student's mother, who took offense to one project in particular.

The complaint stems from a board game created as part of a research assignment by one student. The 7th grade boy decided to focus his project on the history of the infamous Ku Klux Klan. School administrators say the student designed the game to accompany his research paper, hoping it would help fellow classmates better understand the impact the white supremacy group had on civil rights.

That game was publicly displayed at last week's open house.

"This is a matter of common sense," says Wichita NAACP President Kevin Myles.

The concerned mother emailed Myles several photos of the board game. As players make their way around the edge, they follow instructions such as: "You forgot to wash your white robe and cannot go to the lynching. You are punished. Move back two spaces."

Another square reads: "The rope you are hung with breaks. Move forward five spaces."

Myles called the game, and especially its public display, "insensitive."

"I think the school could have used better judgment in deciding whether or not to display this," Myles said.

Andover school administrators say they and the student never meant to offend anybody.

"The last intent he would ever have would be to offend," middle school principal Brett White said Tuesday of the student and his work. "He was powerfully moved by the research he uncovered... and couldn't believe some of these things really happened."

White said the student felt others should know about the Klan. The game was not meant as an endorsement.

Myles doesn't blame the student. But he does believe the school should have explained to the class why the game can easily be misconstrued.

Andover schools say the game will not be shared with - or played by - other students. However, the topic of racism and its effects will continue to be taught. Administrators also say they will take greater care with future projects.

White says the reaction the board game has caused is a valuable lesson in itself. He says it shows students first-hand the emotions that still exist in America when it comes to racism. White says that is a lesson a textbook cannot teach.

"We've got to continue to teach these types of things in order for students to have that depth of understanding," White said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: boardgame; kkk; naacp; wichita

1 posted on 04/01/2009 12:25:19 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3
school project- white guilt.
2 posted on 04/01/2009 12:28:54 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Eric Holder was right.


3 posted on 04/01/2009 12:29:02 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emporer has no pedigree.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Student's KKK Board Game Stirs Controversy

uhhh you think.

4 posted on 04/01/2009 12:29:39 PM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

One of the most important things you can learn in school is how NOT to do stupid stuff.


5 posted on 04/01/2009 12:30:19 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Read the article.


6 posted on 04/01/2009 12:31:48 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Was it this game

7 posted on 04/01/2009 12:36:16 PM PDT by Iwentsouth
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To: Iwentsouth

The complaint stems from a board game created as part of a research assignment by one student. The 7th grade boy decided to focus his project on the history of the infamous Ku Klux Klan. School administrators say the student designed the game to accompany his research paper, hoping it would help fellow classmates better understand the impact the white supremacy group had on civil rights.

That game was publicly displayed at last week’s open house.

“This is a matter of common sense,” says Wichita NAACP President Kevin Myles.

The concerned mother emailed Myles several photos of the board game. As players make their way around the edge, they follow instructions such as: “You forgot to wash your white robe and cannot go to the lynching. You are punished. Move back two spaces.”

Another square reads: “The rope you are hung with breaks. Move forward five spaces.”


8 posted on 04/01/2009 12:38:49 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Iwentsouth

LOL! Change communit chest to welfare!


9 posted on 04/01/2009 12:39:23 PM PDT by SeminoleSoldier
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To: TornadoAlley3

“White says the reaction the board game has...”

Anyone with the name of “White” should have stayed out of this.


10 posted on 04/01/2009 12:44:00 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: TornadoAlley3

“White says the reaction the board game has caused is a valuable lesson in itself. He says it shows students first-hand the emotions that still exist in America when it comes to racism. White says that is a lesson a textbook cannot teach.”

But Black failed to see any merit in the project..


11 posted on 04/01/2009 12:50:32 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: TornadoAlley3
"You forgot to wash your white robe and cannot go to the lynching. You are punished. Move back two spaces."

I wonder what President Giggles would say?

12 posted on 04/01/2009 12:53:42 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: TornadoAlley3
We are the Thought Police, and you will not see this.

Seriously, in my town we have the Slavery Museum (sorry, "Underground Railway Freedom Center") which can't make a dime, although we were told as taxpayers when we were conned into paying for its construction (well, not me) that it was going to bring millions of people to town to see it. Most of what it does do is have schools drag their precious children down to see how horrible slavery was (did you know that? I hadn't until they told me!) and re-instill the white guilt for what stopped a hundred years ago and the black bitterness for how horrible it was. (And once infected with that, well, you need all kinds of government assistance to overcome it!)

Seriously, a year ago the Center first insisted that despite what we were told about being self-sufficient within ten years, they needed a million dollars more tax money to stay open...and we didn't want to be known as the city that shut down the Freedom Center, did we? When that didn't work, they insisted they needed the money to...I'm not lying here...move the front door of the building to the other side, because since the City Council STILL hasn't gotten the Banks shopping district off the drawing board, the thing that REALLY is hurting the museum is that the front door faces empty, undeveloped landscape and not the city itself. (That's right, they have something so special that people won't walk 100 feet to go inside.) The real deal was when the city discovered that the free extra land they gave the Center for $1 "for future expansion" ten years ago would be better made into a shopping mall to bring people down to where the lonesome attraction is, the museum wanted...you guessed it...a MILLION dollars for that land they got free. (The local talk radio guys kept the heat on, making management look as silly and childish as they really were, and the land finally went back to the city.)

Seriously, on a purely financial basis, why would you build an attraction that's obvious purpose is to make people feel bad. Do you think that "the Tunnel of Shame" is something anyone but a few guilty Liberals are going to pay to visit?

13 posted on 04/01/2009 1:08:40 PM PDT by 50sDad (The mainstream media is the only watch dog that decides what it is going to bark at.)
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To: AppyPappy

I always wondered how many students go through their day dreading when they will be called upon to do something or say something that is utterly stupid or offensive to them just to get a grade.


14 posted on 04/01/2009 1:17:06 PM PDT by goldi
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To: TornadoAlley3
Andover school administrators say they and the student never meant to offend anybody.

But the Administrators failed to take the next step and tell the NAACP to go p!$$ up a rope.

15 posted on 04/01/2009 1:20:06 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage...)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Martin Luther King Blvd. is right next to the jail.


16 posted on 04/01/2009 1:38:42 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: TornadoAlley3
I wonder if one of the pieces looks like The Honorable Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)?
17 posted on 04/01/2009 1:46:49 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: 50sDad

I do not think that there is a good financial basis for doing this, but the museum may still have value. I have not been there and it ouwld depend on how they did it. Having been to Dacau, I think it is important to remeber the evil that men are capable of.

As far as the board game, I think that making a game out of the KKK somewhat trivializes what they were/are about.


18 posted on 04/01/2009 2:26:06 PM PDT by super7man
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To: super7man

ouwld=would

Still trying to untangle my fingers......


19 posted on 04/01/2009 2:27:54 PM PDT by super7man
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To: SeminoleSoldier

And “chance” to lotto.


20 posted on 04/01/2009 2:27:55 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: goldi

What I always did when I had a lefty teacher was take the liberal line and put as much flawed logic, over-the-top statements, hyperbole, and inaccurate research in as possible.
My own private joke.


21 posted on 04/01/2009 2:49:45 PM PDT by SeminoleSoldier
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To: TornadoAlley3
Myles doesn't blame the student. But he does believe the school should have explained to the class why the game can easily be misconstrued.

Should read:

Myles doesn't blame the student. But he does believe the school should have explained to the class why the game can easily be misconstrued BY PEOPLE LIKE MYLES.

22 posted on 04/01/2009 2:55:12 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If Liberals would pay their taxes, there would be no deficit..)
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To: SeminoleSoldier
What I always did when I had a lefty teacher was take the liberal line and put as much flawed logic, over-the-top statements, hyperbole, and inaccurate research in as possible.

You know getting srtaight 'A's like that will only make the other students feel bad...

Thankfully, I went to school in an era where you could call them as you saw them, warts and all, so long as you could back it up and still get reasonable grades.

I'd flunk out now or be a test case somewhere...

23 posted on 04/01/2009 3:40:39 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Since he was doing the Klan, I wonder if he had antiCatholic and antiSemetic squares too.


24 posted on 04/01/2009 4:10:19 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Since young Mr. Weaselnutz lives in the Wichita area, maybe his next project can be a board game based on this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_Massacre


25 posted on 04/01/2009 4:32:09 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: SeminoleSoldier

Sometimes that’s the only way you can survive. But the experience is always in the back of your mind, and you have to make a decision if you want that type of experience for your kids or not. My guess is that you probably would not want that for your kids, so you make other arrangements for their education, right? Why burden them with a lot of nonsense.


26 posted on 04/01/2009 4:39:07 PM PDT by goldi
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