This is outrageous. A white teacher from Upstate, NY is currently under investigation after he made his classroom of Black students pick cotton while handcuffed as a lesson on slavery.
The investigation started after one of the student’s mothers posted about the school lesson on Facebook. “He made a mockery out of slavery,” the post said. “I don’t have a problem with you teaching our kids about slavery and what our ancestors went through and how they had to pick cotton.”
It went on to say, “Our teachers back in the day told us that, but they don’t bring in cotton and make you pick cotton seeds out of cotton.”
A student who was in the class during the lesson said, “It made me feel bad to be a Black person.”
Adam Urbanski, the president of the Teachers Union expressed that the teacher should face consequences while the investigation is currently taking place.
The teacher, who has not been identified, has been placed on leave during this ongoing investigation.