Slavery has been officially over with for years, but over the past year there have been a flurry of incidents where students have re encountered slavery in the classroom. The most publicized controversy was over children being given math word problems with slavery examples at a Georgia school: “”Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” Now parents at a Connecticut school are furious that their kids were forced to re-enact slavery during a school trip.
Students from Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy were taken to Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, Massachusetts, where they were told to pretend that they were slaves “on a slave ship, pick cotton, and act as though their instructors were their masters,” according to Al Jazeera.
Eyewitness News 3 reports that Sandra and James Baker, parents of a 12 year old on the trip, filed a complaint with the school district.
“I ask that you imagine these phrases being yelled at our 12-year-old child and their friends,” Ms. Baker told the Hartford School Board. “‘Bring those (n-word) to the house over there. (N-word) if you can read, there’s a problem. Dumb, dark-skinned (n-word). How dare you look at me?’”
Baker said that what the kids on the field trip experienced amounts to abuse.
“They intentionally terrorized them and abused them on this field trip,” she said.
The field trip happened last year and since then the Bakers have been in an almost 10 month battle with the school district which has now expanded to the school board. The parents just can’t imagine that this field trip has been going on for years and no one has seen a problem with it.
“‘The instructor told me if I were to run, they would whip me until I bled on the floor and then either cut my Achilles so I couldn’t run again, or hang me,’” James Baker quoted to the school board.
The Bakers have removed their child from the school.