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Mother´s concern changes Wake
schools curriculum on slavery

WRAL News [Raleigh,NC], by Julia Sims

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 2/4/2014 9:14:33 AM

The Wake County Public School System has removed an assignment from its middle-school history curriculum after a Knightdale mother complained that it was racially insensitive. Amaya Melvin´s eighth-grade class at East Wake Middle School is studying the Civil War, and the students were given an essay assignment entitled "I am a slave." "For her to have to put herself in the shoes of a slave, for her to complete the assignment, she had to be a slave at the moment. I didn´t think that was appropriate," said Amaya´s mother, Ariel Melvin-Hall, who is black. "It´s harsh. It cuts deep."

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Good for this mom. What an idiotic/offensive assignment. I bet dollars to donuts the idiot who thought this up was a liberal bogged down with white guilt.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: retiree, 2/4/2014 9:23:41 AM     (No. 9718666)

You cannot report accurately on something like that if you have not lived it, Period.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/4/2014 9:31:18 AM     (No. 9718682)

I´m a slave to fashion.

Does that count ?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 2/4/2014 9:36:23 AM     (No. 9718691)

Anyone who works for a living is a slave of those who will not!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/4/2014 9:45:27 AM     (No. 9718713)

The notion that one person is entitled to legally own another person is an abomination. It´s a outrage that it was originally authorized by the US Constitution.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2014 9:55:39 AM     (No. 9718736)

Life sucks, get over it!

So if the little minion´s mom thinks they are all ´victims´ then why is it inappropriate for the young´uns to know what slavery was ´really´ about vs. the PC fashion trend to be a victim claiming the same?

Maybe it´s time for some people to get a reality check. On the other hand, if you don´t like this country, LEAVE!

Many ´WHITE´ men died to free the slaves...doesn´t that count for anything?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 2/4/2014 10:14:12 AM     (No. 9718765)

Not addressing anyone in particular, but slavery was abolished by this country over one hundred fifty years ago and it was never enshrined in the constitution. Get over it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: paloalto, 2/4/2014 10:19:31 AM     (No. 9718777)

Good for her. I´m always happy to see parents stand up to the liberal squishes who foist this stuff onto kids in the name of education. Too many parents go along to get along. I´m assuming if her daughter has been assigned the role of slave, some other kid has been assigned the role of slave owner. I would hope those parents would object just as vehemently.

My objection to this "role-playing" for kids is the same as it is for employees required to attend "sensitivity-training" at work and engage in sensitivity role-playing. It crosses appropriate boundaries, forcing people into doing things they wouldn´t normally do. It´s patronizing.

What´s wrong with treating the kids with respect, like any scholar studying a subject? If I want to study economics do I have to role-play as the New York Stock Exchange?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Southron, 2/4/2014 10:25:35 AM     (No. 9718792)

I don´t think I will live to see it but maybe some day , possibly 75 years from now or longer, teachers, politicos and journalists can talk about something besides slavery and racism - but I´m not hopeful.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 2/4/2014 10:52:56 AM     (No. 9718861)

Read The Clansman by Thomas F. Dixon for a non-revisionist look at the Civil War. Incredibly politically incorrect, but written in 1905. Puts this kind of stuff all in perspective, the blacks may have been victimized, but they were by no means innocent of any wrongdoing. A lot of the black on white crime of today started back then.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: postaway, 2/4/2014 11:28:12 AM     (No. 9718950)

#4, say what? Have you not heard of Thomas Jefferson´s "firebell in the night?" The 13 colonies inherited the British institution of slavery and it took 87 years to eradicate that institution including a bloody civil war. Eighty seven years is a long time when the expected lifespan of a single human was half that, but slavery was constantly being addressed and there were those who were alive and slaves when the Republic was founded who lived to see it abolished. It would be another 57 years after black men were emancipated and given the constitutional right to vote before any woman, black or white, could vote.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: fishbone, 2/4/2014 12:24:31 PM     (No. 9719060)

It seems everyone keeps "forgetting" that slavery was not invented by the British or the Colonies. It´s been around since (and before) Biblical times. People remember American slavery due to the relatively recent bitterly fought War which pitted brother against brother.

The American slave was treated no better nor worse than a Roman slave. By that I mean some were treated well (almost like family) while others were galley slaves, gladiators sent to die in the Colloseum, etc.

BTW, people also turn a blind eye to the fact that slavery still does exist in certain regions of the world.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Jakester2344, 2/4/2014 1:18:52 PM     (No. 9719154)

The constitution did not "authorize slavery". It recognized that it existed in the south for the apportionment of congressional districts. Otherwise the south would not have ratified the constitution.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/4/2014 9:27:43 PM     (No. 9719725)

If you want to role play, I am a landowner who lost everything while Yankees pillaged and burned everything in sight for the ´war´ on slavery.

It´s over. Can´t we move on ?

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