Betty on the News: Children's Make-Believe Slavery Lesson Angers Parents

Teachers and parents in Union County were dumbstruck Wednesday when a tour guide at the historic Latta Plantation made black children pretend to be slaves in the company of their w

Betty on the News: Children’s Make-Believe Slavery Lesson Angers Parents

Teachers and parents in Union County were dumbstruck Wednesday when a tour guide at the historic Latta Plantation made black children pretend to be slaves in the company of their white classmates.

-Carolyn French

A teacher writing on a chalkboard

Rea View Elementary students were on a class trip Wednesday and when it came time for a Civil War lesson Ian Campbell – who is black – chose three black children to play cotton picking slaves. Parents were especially outraged about the kids having to wear bags used for gathering cotton around their necks.

Campbell says that he was attempting to be historically correct, not politically correct.

The “lack of sensitivity,” as the Union County school district put it, prompted parents to schedule a meeting with school administrators Friday morning to discuss the concern. (WSOC Charlotte)

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