North Carolina School Apologizes after Students Write Pro-Slavery Hashtags for Civil War Assignment
A North Carolina school district has actually provided an apology after an “unacceptable” task advised fourth-grade trainees to compose tweets and hashtags that individuals residing in the state may have composed if Twitter existed throughout the Civil War, leading to a wall display screen of pro-slavery hashtags in the class.
“It should be deeply disturbing to anyone,” stated Kimberly Morrison-Hansley, a member of the Union County NAACP chapter and previous member of the county Board of Education who ended up being the very first black female chosen to the board.
An image of the Twitter wall in a now-deleted post on the Waxhaw Primary school Facebook page revealed hashtags consisting of “Slavery for Life” and a post by a trainee under the username “@dontStopSlavery” stating “you may not agree with slavery but I do and I’m honest about it,” according to WJZY.
Another post by “Confederate4life” checks out “why do we need to leave the county. We can stay and our slaves! #SLAVERYFOREVER.”
Morrison-Hansley informed the Charlotte Observer the task was improper for such children and stated the Twitter wall’s absence of context made it appear that the trainees were publishing racist remarks, not sharing what they believed individuals may have tweeted throughout the Civil War.
“District administrators are taking this matter very seriously and met with the entire Waxhaw Elementary staff,” Union County Schools supposedly stated in a declaration.
The school system “is actively developing training sessions for all employees to address diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to working with teachers to discuss best practices for instruction.”
Nevertheless, Morrison-Hanley informed the paper she is not pleased with the apology, rather requiring the superintendent and members of the board of education to deal with the general public on Youtube and say sorry.
She stated declaring to attend to variety, equity and addition is “code word for racism” and stated that she informed a Union County Variety Committee throughout its very first conference that those problems “did not bring us here tonight. Issues of racism are what brought us here and that need to be addressed.”
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.