Skip to comments.Student: Conn. Class Forced to Re-Enact Slavery
Posted on 09/20/2013 2:43:29 PM PDT by lowbridge
Middle school-aged students from Connecticut on a field trip last year were forced to re-enact slavery by pretending to be sold at auction and in fields picking cotton, according to a student's complaint. They were told they would be whipped or worse if they ran, and some were asked to dance for their masters.
"I had to hold my head down and could not make contact with the white masters," the 12-year-old student, who is black, said in a statement read to the Hartford school board this week by her father, James Baker of suburban Farmington. "I heard the instructor ask kids behind me to open their mouths so their teeth could be checked. Some were asked to jump up and down."
The girl, who was a seventh-grader at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, asserts that she and her classmates were traumatized and subjected to racial epithets during the November field trip to the Nature's Classroom, an environmental-based outdoor education program in Charlton, Mass., about 45 miles from Hartford. The family has filed a complaint against the school district.
In addition to pretending to be sold at auction and picking cotton, the students participated as slaves in a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad and simulated being on slave ships.
Instructors, acting as the oppressors, told them that while on the ship they would be forced to go to the bathroom on each other and would be thrown overboard if they got sick, the girl said.
"I went into a dark room where I had to sit on my bottom with my knees together," she said in the statement. "My legs fell asleep and were hurting."
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I guess they felt the need to keep the hate going. No healing allowed.
How would you like to re-enact the crucifixion? See how that feels.
They might as well go all the way and demonstrate rape and beatings. It is essential to providing understanding.
Just when I think the educrats can’t be any dumber . . .
Why not practice to accept Islam?
I believe that teacher ought to feel what it’s like to have my mark branded into her skin.
Need to re-enact slavery? Then live normally like an American voter under the obama govt.
Bet they didn’t reenact the slavery of Billy Lee under George Washington. He lived better than most white farmers of his day.
What next, a reenactment of Auschwitz or Buchenwald?
Just keep stirring the hatred and scratch open the wounds.
Why not something more current to portray race relations here in America. Oh I don't know.. maybe force the white kids to stand around and be targets for the popular Knockout game.
The school administrators will use every chance they have to distort our history.
Stupid thing to do, but not racial unless black kids were singled out, which it doesn’t sound like they were.
This is, BTW, historically how all slaves have always been treated. Black slaves shipped across the Atlantic is only one chapter in a very long sad story.
I think this is a fine idea. As long as the kids understand that the slave-owner is a Democrat.
Exactly how is this relevant to their day-to-day interactions in 2013?
How about at least doing a few other things like:
Being a persecuted Christian in the middle east (or in today’s armed forces) and, of course, being tortured and killed (or just told to shut up in the case of the military).
Being a Jew forced into a gas chamber
Being a fetus that gets cut in two with scissors.
The possibilities are endless.
How about we put the instructor in a small plastic bag, then beat him with shovels...to simulate abortion.
Sooner or later they probably would
Some of my Russian ancestors were serfs. The Irish ones nearly starved in the potato famine, and lived horrible lives as indentured servants when they got here. One of those darn Germans was terrified that he was going to be hung as a horse thief before he escaped and came to the US. Come to think of it, maybe a better workshop would be "Everybody's got issues. Get over it"