Black History Month School Field Trip Teaches Kids How to Pick Cotton and be Slaves
Some schools choose to celebrate Black History Month by showing kids what it must have been like being a Slave...the problem is that many parents are upset that their kids are participating in Field Trips that have kids literally picking cotton, singing Slave songs, and being called the N-Word.
Here's what the kids had to do:
According to msn.com, a School Spokesperson form Rock Hill School said this to ABC News:
A representative from the Rock Hill School District told ABC News the field trip was a "unique learning opportunity"
"As part of the fifth-grade curriculum, students study the Great Depression time period, and this field trip helps students make real-life connections to this era in American history," Mychal Frost, director of marketing and communications for the Rock Hill Schools said in a statement obtained by the outlet.
Former Students explain their experiences at The Carroll School:
According to msn.com, State Rep. John King, D-Rock Hill, said the field trip was "insensitive and inaccurate."
"Something has gone terribly wrong when slavery is treated as a ‘game,’ when children leave a field trip with the impression that a mockery can be made of their ancestors’ oppression," King said. "When we portray a sugar-coated version of history, one of happily picking cotton and singing songs, then we miss an opportunity to teach the truth.”