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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  • Reginald Terrence

    March 5, 2013

    Parents Uproar over Black History Assignment

    To make children feel like “they” did something wrong by making a “period-poster” during the fulfillment of an assigned role is asinine! We pay Hollywood Billions when they bring the reality of the days of yore into our homes…we call it entertainment.

    Slavery did exist and there were:
    · Slaves
    · Slave owners
    · And Abolitionists
    Is it beyond us to think that in the times of slavery notices were not posted and runaway slaves did not have bounties on their heads (possibly “wanted Dead or Alive” bounties)?

    I think a meaningful addition to this assignment would be to give the parents and grandparents the role of “slaves” allowing them to contemplate and step into the role of a child, teen, or young adult slave imagining how those young people might have felt being sold and taken away from all that they knew and were familiar with such as their homes, their families (close and extended relatives and family friends), the sights, sounds, smells, routines, pets, songs, securities, comforts, etc of their life. Let them be interjected into a world where they are treated like property.

    · The life’s sacrifices of the abolitionists now give way to allow Black families to destroy and annihilate themselves through callous intimate encounters, divorce, and family court rulings.

    · Abolitionists have cleared the way to let us put ourselves in cages and destine our children for the same, a deed once left to the slave owners.

    · Abolitionists have put themselves in harms way so that we can make our women (of all ages) modern day “comfort girls”. The unmarried lay in comfort with a man for a time then move on to the next when the relationship has run its course. If pregnancy ensues, the off-spring isn’t the fiscal responsibility of the ‘slave-owner’ anymore; it becomes the fiscal responsibility of society. Those ‘trialing’ marriage are also burdening society with the fallout from their failed union—Marriage is NOT forever, the sequelae of divorce is and it does transcend time. We have gotten rid of the slave owner and we have enslaved ourselves to our own carnal pursuits and wonton disregard for the sanctity of the family.

    · When true-property (sofas, chairs, bureaus, and the like) are divvied up and divided between divorced couples they do not grow up angry and act against society But our children do and we should re-examine our family laws and treat our children with more respect and less like inanimate objects.

    We learn about our history in hopes that we do not repeat it in the present and future we are failing at learning life’s lessons from the experiences of our ancestors and in doing so, we are failing our Black children and that will be the downfall of America.

    I am speaking from the “foxhole” of my life’s experiences. The two sons I spawned with the late Dr. Reginald Terrence Singleton are in Aiken SC with their paternal grandmother living the lives of captured free Africans who were taken from their homeland of Africa or African American slaves sold to another plantation they have not had any contact with their mother or maternal relatives in nearly 10-years.

    Go to for more about the annihilated family of Dr. Reginald Terrence Singleton and Deidre Mott Singleton

    Doctorus Deidre Mott Singleton