Thursday, February 12, 2009

School Cancels Slave Costume Day

In another of those "what were they thinking" stories, a Mississippi elementary school has decided to cancel (as part of Black History Month) Cotton Picking Day, a day that they encouraged students to dress as slaves.

Lillie Burney Elementary backtracked quickly on the issue. Cotton Picking Day was replaced with Career Day.

Ray Coleman, a parent, brought the issue to the attention of the school after seeing it on his stepson's school calendar.
Coleman said he told School Superintendent Annie Wimbish it was inappropriate to name the event Cotton Picking Day and to invite students to dress as slaves or in overalls.

"I believe it's something that should be taught in history, but it shouldn't be relived," he said. "I think they should look at the positive aspects to show students what they can achieve."
As a commenter at the newspaper's site pointed out, both the superintendent and principal of the school are African-American. Therefore, we can chalk this up to a bad decision, and not thinking too clearly.

Coleman added:
"I'm glad they decided to do something else that will portray African-American history more positively."

3 comments:

Pookie said...

People need to stop dancing around these issues like they didn't exist.There's a whole generation of kids that has no idea what their ancestors went thru to get us where we are today, (yes, I'm black)and all the 'teaching' and 'telling' in the world isn't going to get it across to most of them. I say let them dress up like slaves, and give them a sense of what their ancestors felt. Let them reenact marches like the ones in Alabama when the black people were cursed at and spit on, let them reenact several sitting at a lunch counter surrounded by whites staring at them, reenact Rosa Parks' bus trip including the behavior of the bus driver and the other passengers. Don't bury these things, bring them to the light and show these children what kind of stock they come from, and how far they've come. It's all well and good to tell them that Barack Obama is the first black President and that it's history, but if they have no idea where they came from, how will they know when they've arrived?

Just Energy said...

As a commenter at the newspaper's site pointed out, both the superintendent and principal of the school are African-American.

Anonymous said...

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