HIST - Black History Month Assignment due

Do you study the underground railroad during Black History Month? We read The Drinking Gourd and a few other stories about the underground railroad and Harriet Tubman. This is a great writing assignment to do at the end of the unit. Would you help a slave escape to freedom on the underground railroad?

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Yeah, I knew it was horrible stuff, but there wasn't much detail outside of tv shows (Roots, my friggin nick name is Toby), school black history assignments, and the stuff I looked up on my own. The stuff my uncles and grandmother told me wasn't slavery times, they picked cotton, talked about tricks to make the sack heaver for weighing, and my grandfather was almost killed in front of my grandmother by possible kkk (he didn't care, drank a ton, died of from it).

She framed a lot of the stuff very well, I guess I saw a whole new angle on the way they were treated outside of whips, living conditions, and extreme work.

Edit: Texas actually edit a lot of stuff when it comes to the history of the United States. It's crazy.

Ms. Mis & 7th Grade Science - **Black History Assignments

Slavery is part of American history, yet context is everything. The assignment can easily open wound and emotional pain as the Maafa and slavery are such brutal experiences. Not all immigrants came into America voluntarily. Our ancestors came into the Americas involuntarily. Millions of our people also came into South America too, so the Maafa was involved in South American areas too. Also, the European white supremacists back then used the Treaty of Tordesillas and other policies to promote the evil of slavery at the expense of the African resources of ivory, gold, and other resources. So, we should know about these things. Yet, the assignment was insensitive & disrespectful since America has a long history of theft, war, conquest, and oppression then and now. So, the assignment should have talked about grandparents and where they were or instead where our ancestors immigrated from since many of our ancestors were brought into America in chains. We should promote human dignity for our students and for black people.

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Parents were outraged Saturday in the View Park-Windsor Hills area of Los Angeles after a controversial homework assignment was given to second graders.
"When I read it I immediately told her she would not complete that assignment," parent Kelly Gray said. The math assignment out of Windsor Hills Elementary School used the words "slave," "master" and "cotton" - an assignment handed out to students during Black History Month.
Gray's 7-year-old daughter was sent home with the math homework. "It's definitely disturbing using terms like plantation, master - my daughter doesn't know what these things mean," she said.
Gray was outraged at what she saw but doesn't blame the teacher since she said all second graders at Windsor Hills Elementary had the same assignment. The assignment still baffles Karole Gray. She said her granddaughters' school had homework assignments coinciding with the start of Black History Month a few weeks ago. "Someone could have said, 'No! Are we really giving this assignment?'" she said. "I can't image a month of any year of any era when this would be appropriate."
School officials said they were investigating the case. "This is Black History Month - it's hard enough to know you have ancestors who were slaves, but to hear it's blown up in this type of way is disturbing," said parent Karla Clark.
Gray said she's received Facebook posts from parents at three other schools claiming their children also received the same math homework. LAUSD said it takes this case seriously and is now investigating.


These slights are calculated and not at all something Black parent should take lightly. The primary place where children learn is in the classroom, but what happens when the classroom teaches you nothing good about yourself or your history? As this mother did, it is important that we monitor the assignments given to our children and also demand more sensitivity and awareness in schools.

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