An elementary school in Waxhaw, North Carolina displayed projects by fourth graders with racist hashtags as part of a pro-slavery assignment, prompting a public apology from the district.
Students at Waxhaw Elementary School were asked to write tweets from the perspectives of various Civil War figures and display the ones they were most proud of on a school billboard, according to a report from WCNC.
A photo of the billboard was posted on the school’s Facebook page, featuring hashtags like “#SlaveryForLife and #SlaveryForever from made-up accounts called “Don’t Stop Slavery” and “Confederate4life”
Two of the comments read, “You may not agree with slavery but I do and I’m honest about it. #SlaveryForLife;” and “Why do we need to leave the country. We can stay and our slaves! #SLAVERYFOREVER.”
The fake posts didn’t specify which Civil War figures inspired the messages.
The Union County Public Schools system called the assignment “unacceptable” and apologized for the message of accepted racism.
“Union County Public Schools is extremely concerned about the fourth-grade activity that took place at Waxhaw Elementary. This type of assignment is unacceptable, and we apologize for offending parents, staff, students, and members of our community.”
Andrew Houlihan, the school district’s superintendent, also tweeted about the incident on Friday. “Today I was made aware of an elementary school assignment about the Civil War that was racially insensitive and not appropriate. I want to be clear: any type of assignment such as this is unacceptable.”
This is one of many incidents were teachers have tied slavery to the curriculum across the country.
Earlier this month, a Mississippi middle school apologized after a teacher asked students to pretend to be slaves writing home to Africa. That was after a Florida school district opened an investigation into a high school teacher after he claimed in a viral video that slaves were not whipped by their owners in America. Also, a Wisconsin middle school teacher was put on administrative leave after asking students how they would punish a slave.
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