Occasionally I will run across that one Bungles candidate that has me having flashbacks. Not necessarily because it's something that happened to me either. Just because I could see there was a potential for it. Primarily due to the environment in which I was rasied. Meaning going to school in Norwalk. I could see something like this story happening in Norwalk in the 80s more readily than I could see it happening in Ohio today.
Nikko Burton is a 10-year-old student at Chaplefield Elementary in Gahanna, Ohio. His teacher thought it would be a good idea if she demonstrated what it would be like to be a slave on the auction block. Nikko, one of the two Black students in the class, was naturally chosen to be a slave as the white students, playing the "masters", inspected the "slaves" to set up for bidding.
This story really sounded too incredulous to believe. This is really happening in the 21st century in our elementary schools? MAYBE I could see it if this was happening down south. MAYBE. That still wouldn't make it acceptable at all, but it was even harder to fathom that it happened in the midwest. I sure would like to know what was going thru the teacher's head to maker her think this was a good idea.
There's something to be said about teaching students history by having them learn thru simulation. That's why you always have the hands-on experiments that teach about how electricity works. Or how here in Iowa we have the Living History Farms where students can take field trips to see how life was lived in the 1900s. But those experiences aren't racist in nature. You would think any teacher with any grain of common sense would know that.
The reason I can almost relate is Norwalk was renown for being insensitive back in the day. I will never forget the time in junior high school when there was a exhibition game between the teachers and the 8th graders. All of the teachers had their own special introduction and they came out in blackface as they dunked on an 7-foot goal. They probably thought it was okay and that they were being funny. I remember being appalled. I should have said something to my folks about it but I didn't. Fortunately, Nikko did speak up.
As of the release of this story, the principal of Chapefield Elementary School has called to apologize to Nikko's mother, Aneka Burton. The teacher still hadn't. Maybe she feels she doesn't have to because the principal was calling on her behalf to make that apology. If that helps her sleep at nite then so be it. Regardless, she should be fired for her stupid insensitivity. If the principal can't see that then he needs to be fired as well. Then the Burtons should STILL sue the school for everything they have for the humiliation Nikko had to endure unnecessarily. That would just be for starters.