Middle School "Slavery Poster" Project Stirs Up Controversy
The Daily Caller is reporting that a Black History Month project in New Jersey middle school is creating quite a controversy. Students at Penns Grove Middle School were asked to participate in a ”Slave Auction/Anti Slavery Poster Project” in tandem with reading assignment.
The unnamed teacher asked students to imagine slavery were never outlawed. They were then asked to choose to be either a slave owner or an abolitionist and create posters supporting their position. The controversy took flight when one student created a poster that read, “Slave on the run, $1,700 reward to catch the Negro.”
Civil rights activist Walter Hudson was not amused. He called for a public apology from the teacher and the school.“It’s inappropriate to have students to become a slave master, pick a slave, pick a plantation for their slave and create a poster,” noted Hudson, according to Fox News Radio.
School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Massery is defending the teacher’s cirriculuum as appropriate, proporting that it followed educational guidelines and stressed the evil of slavery.
Should the school offer an apology or was this assignment within appropriate boundaries? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.