A majority white Mississippi school faces heat after a teacher handed out a “slave letter writing” assignment asking students to imagine what their family life would entail if they were slaves.
RACIST WHITE AMERICA. WHY DIDN'T THE WHITE TEACHER WRITE A LETTER STATING HOW WHITES ENSLAVED BLACKS, USING VIOLENCE AS A DISCIPLINE MEASURE, AND HOW WHITE AMERICA WORKED AFRICANS FOR FREE. THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST CALLED SLAVERY WHICH CREATED AMERICAN CAPITALISM.
According to The Daily Beast, eighth-graders at Purvis Middle School were asked to “pretend like you are a slave working on a Mississippi plantation,” in order to write a letter addressed to family members in Africa, describing their life.
“You may discuss the journey to America, as well as the day-to-day tasks you perform,” it reads.
A screenshot capturing a slide of the bulleted assignment list went viral, prompting rightful, passionate criticism. Frank Bunnell, the school’s principal, sent a letter to parents this week that was obtained by The Daily Beast. Bunnell apologized and attempted to explain that while severely disturbing, the letter was taken out of context.
“A person could read just the assignment and draw a very unrealistic view of the true tragedies that occurred. That was not intended,” he wrote. “However, intent does not excuse anything. There is no excuse to downplay a practice that (even after abolished) spurs unjust laws, unfair economic practices, inhumane treatment, and suppression of a people.”
Lamar County School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Hampton voiced Bunnell’s claims in a separate statement and wrote that the goal of the assignment “was to show our students just how horrible slavery was and to gain empathy for what it was like to be a slave.” Yeah, uh huh.
DO WHITE FOLKS STAY AWAKE AT NIGHT DECIDING WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM, TO MAKE IT EASIER, WHEN THEY TALK WITH BLACKS ABOUT THEIR RACISM?
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.