Parents and teachers at a North Carolina school are protesting a history lesson in which African-American students visiting a plantation with their class were told to pretend they were slaves as their white classmates looked on.
Teachers at Rea View Elementary in Waxhaw said they are planning to write officials at the Latta Plantation about a lesson during a Wednesday field trip in which an African-American tour guide chose three black students to wear bags used to gather cotton while mimicking cotton picking, WSOC-TV Charlotte, reported Friday.
“I am very enthusiastic about getting kids to think about how people did things in 1860, 1861 – even before that period,” said tour guide Ian Campbell, who added he has been a historian for 15 years. “I was trying to be historically correct, not politically correct,” he said.
Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, criticized the lesson.
“There is a lingering pain, a lingering bitterness, a lingering insecurity and a lingering sense of inhumanity since slavery. Because that’s still there, you want to be more sensitive than politically correct or historically correct,” he said.