5-year-old’s forced to re-enact slave auctions? This teacher ain’t isht! She told her class to go home and ask their parents if they’d “ever go back into slavery.” WTF?
An Alabama mother says she’s outraged after a teacher allegedly asked her to child to act out a slave auction during a kindergarten class on slavery.
“He said he didn’t want to get on the table at the auction block,” mom Jamelle Young told local ABC affiliate KAIT 8.
“And how are you supposed to feel when your 5-year-old says he didn’t want to get auctioned off?”
Young said the unidentified teacher at MacMillan International Academy in Montgomery, Ala., chose “the fair-skinned boy and the fair-skinned girl” to be “masters” at the auction.
The teacher also allegedly gave the kids a coloring sheet depicting a slave auction and told the students to go home and ask their parents if they’d “ever go back into slavery.”
“That’s not a question you ask anybody, let alone a five year old,” the mother added.
Young raised her concerns with the school’s principal, who reportedly wrote in an email that the teacher had no intention of being offensive.
“Slavery is taught throughout history in just about every grade level,” the principal wrote in the email Young provided to KAIT .
“Although it is an ugly part of American history that none of us care to remember, it is important for children of all races to be aware of it to gain an appreciation for the diverse community in which we live today.”
Young said that the questionable lesson came after a class on Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, among others. The kids had further questions on slavery, prompting the teacher to send the kids home with the discussion question.
“She wanted to start a discussion amongst the parents and the children, and I told her I thought it was an inappropriate way to start the discussion and it could have been handled differently,” Young explained.
Montgomery Public Schools, which represents the school, said it is currently investigating the incident.
“We are working to ensure discussions concerning this period in our history are honest and appropriate both in content and in relation to the age and grade level of students,” a school district said in a statement to the News.