A New York teacher is on paid vacation — otherwise known as “administrative leave” — pending an investigation into their conduct after parents had a bit of an issue with how they taught the class about slavery.
The teacher, whose name is withheld in news reports, apparently thought it was a good idea to designated the black kids in the class as “slaves” and have the white kids bid on them.
“He and another African American child were put up in the middle of the class and told they were now slaves,” the mother of one of the “slaves” told a local news station. “The teacher then started the ‘bidding’ by assigning prices to the Caucasian students.”
“After the winning bid was placed, my son was then told how slaves would take the slave owners last name and what he was to call the slave owner by,” the mother continued. “Then my son and the other ‘slave’ were instructed to call the Caucasian child by ‘master’ and the child’s last name.”
“The Watertown City School District has received complaints from parents that a fourth-grade teacher exercised poor judgment in teaching a recent lesson,” the school district wrote in a statement. “The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation into the matter. The school district will not be providing additional comments until the investigation has been completed.”
A similar incident occurred last year in Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did a teacher play “slave games” with the class, but she used the n-word and said that she wants a black baby but doesn’t “feel comfortable” bringing one home because her parents wouldn’t like it.
Unfortunately, bigots feel comfortable having fun in the classroom, in restaurants — basically anywhere now that Trump is President. Before him, things were not necessarily great. But now, we can fully expect the trash to float to the surface in every conceivable way.
It’s unclear if the teacher will be fired.
Watch a report on the incident below: