A New Jersey school faced backlash after students were assigned to create slave auction posters in an effort to teach them about “the ugly and foundational role that slavery played in Colonial America,” according to The Daily Caller.
The DC reported:
Fifth graders at South Mountain Elementary School were told to make various posters promoting a slave auction in an effort to learn about Colonial America, reports CNN.
The school issued an apology for the “culturally insensitive” project and vowed to reconsider it for the upcoming year […]
The assignment had students choose a colony, research it and create a poster for a slave auction based on their research. The assignment wanted students to look at “the ugly and foundational role that slavery played in Colonial America.”
Some of the posters had phrases like, “Men: aged from 20-26, strong,” and, “Anne, aged 12 years, a fine house girl.” Students also made wanted posters for runaway slaves.
“While it was not our intention, we recognize that the example of a slave auction poster, although historically relevant, was culturally insensitive,” Dr. John J. Ramos, Sr., the school district superintendent, said via a statement.
Some parents were of course outraged by the assignment.
“That’s crazy, and I don’t think they should’ve done that. That’s disrespectful, first of all, to any of the black kids in the school,” parent Glenn Conover claimed.
Another parent disagreed, noting that the assignment could have been a good way for students to learn about history.
“It’s part of history, of course,” Andrea Espinoza said. “It happened. I think it’s good that they know.
No, we can’t have students actually learning about history — that hurts the leftist agenda.
Ramos continued in the statement: “The principal and I have both apologized for any unintended offense caused, and we have removed the posters from display.”
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That’s the way it goes in a culture that rewards irrationality, perpetual outrage, and victimhood.