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Teachers In Virginia and Ohio Stage Mock Slave Auctions

Teachers In Virginia and Ohio Stage Mock Slave Auctions:

How does a person even form their mouth to make this idea happen without someone slapping some sense into them?

Jessica Boyle, a Virginia teacher staged a mock slave auction with her fourth grade class. The Washington Post reports that Boyle was attempting to bring a Civil War history lesson to life in her Norfolk, Va. classroom. She ordered black and mixed race students to one side of the classroom. Then, the white students took turns buying them.

Let’s read that again:

Then, the white students took turns buying them.

… … …

I can’t even. Turns out, this same thing happened last month, too:

A history teacher at Chapelfield Elementary School apparently held a mock slave auction as a means of explaining the history of slavery to students. The class was divided into two sections: “Slaves” and “Masters”. There were only two African-American students in the classroom—one was assigned to be a “Master” and the other student, Nikko Burton, was told to be a “Slave”.

The 10 year-old was disciplined after he refused to participate in the re-enactment which involved pocking, prodding, and public humiliation.

“The masters got to touch people and do all sorts of stuff,” Nikko said. “They got to look in your mouth and feel your legs and stuff and see if you’re strong and stuff.”

Let me understand this. A teacher thinks it’s a good idea to force a student of color to play a slave in an ill-conceived role-playing adventure of fail and he’s the one who gets disciplined?

I need to go sit down.

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1 comment to Teachers In Virginia and Ohio Stage Mock Slave Auctions

  • peach

    I..I can’t even. My mouth was actually agape at this.
    When I was in elementary school they did something where people with blue or green eyes had to walk on the track at recess while brown/ hazel eyes got to play. Then we talked about how it made us feel to be separated like that. It was an interesting exercise on discrimination and privilege.
    I actually think it’s incredibly cool that a kid stood up against the teacher for something he thought was wrong.