Black History Lesson Draws Protests at Penns Grove Middle School

CBS Philly reports that a teacher at Penns Grove Middle School in New Jersey gave students the option of doing a Black History Month assignment from the viewpoint of a slavemaster trying to track down an escaped slave. Two posters made by a special-needs student triggered an outcry and the intervention of activist Walter Hudson. “We ain’t teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King,” he said. “We ain’t teaching about Malcolm X. We are teaching them about how to be a slave mast and if your slave ran away, you create a poster for him.”  CBS Philly adds: “The superintendent of the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District argues the teacher has a good reputation and the assignment was part of a lesson plan depicting the evils of slavery.”

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