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Ohio School Tries To Make Black Kid Re-Inact Slavery Auction Block

Chapelfield Elementary in Gahanna, OH issued an apology today after a black boy in the fifth grade was sent to his seat for refusing to play the role of a slave on an auction block. According to ten year-old Nikko Burton, the class was randomly divided into slaves and masters. Nikko, one of two black kids in the whole class was picked to play the role of a slave. When it came time for the simulated slave auction, ten year-old Nikko REFUSED to participate and was sent to his desk.

At first, I didn’t care. But after people were bidding on people, it kind of made me a little mad and stuff.”

Mother, Aneka Burton, was obviously upset after hearing the news, and was baffled by the teacher’s insensitivity. In response Principal Scott Schmidt issued an apology on behalf of the school.

I am so PROUD of Nikko for standing up for himself! I get what the teacher  was trying to do, but honestly, folks cannot be that insensitive to think it’s appropriate to have children kowtow and act like slaves and compete to be sold at the highest price, and especially a black child. Read the details when you continue…SMH!

The principal of Chapelfield Elementary School, Scott Schmidt, placed a call to the home of Aneka Burton, saying he was sorry that her son, Nikko, was forced to play a slave. He added, “I will definitely make sure it doesn’t happen again. It was never our intent to cause harm,” reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Burton reportedly said Nikko “felt degraded” after the classroom session.

In an interview with reporters, Nikko said that during a lesson on slavery his teachers divided the class into two groups, “masters” and “slaves.” Nikko was put in the “slave” role via a random drawing. The only other black student in the class wound up a “master.”

Nikko added, “At first, I didn’t care. But after people were bidding on people, it kind of made me a little mad and stuff.”

Burton claimed the “masters” were told to look at the “slaves’” teeth, and that “whoever was the strongest that’s who they sold first.” She said that while she appreciated the principal calling to apologize, she thinks school officials “should be educated about black history. That was inappropriate.” {Imperfect Parent}

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