A day doesn’t go by without learning of atrocities happening in the modern American classroom. From teachers sleeping with students to classroom, political indoctrination, it seems like no child is safe from predators taking advantage of youths’ vulnerability. Now it’s being reported a “mock slave auction” was done at an elementary school—parents are furious.
In Maplewood, New Jersey, a fifth-grade class took their history lesson on colonization and slavery too far for comfort. The teacher was out on medical leave, and their substitute decided it would be a good idea to have a black child auctioned off in an attempt to show a real-life example of what would happen back when slavery was a societal norm. White children bid on their black classmate until they were eventually “sold,” in a lesson the students will never forget.
Slavery is a sensitive subject. The substitute should have realized there would be complaints from the “auction,” so it’s hard to imagine why they went through with it. Are school systems properly vetting teachers and substitutes?
“There was a sale of a black child by white children in the classroom,” Tracey Jarmon-Woods said, “If you’re demoralized—sold on a block in 2017—it may affect you the rest of your life.”
A mock, slave auction earlier in the month was hotly discussed during student pickup outside Jefferson Elementary School and later at a board-of-education meeting.
“I’m disgusted, really disgusted a child was bought. That doesn’t make any sense,” one parent said.