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02/05/2009 06:50 AM ID: 76798 Permalink   

School Cancels Cotton Picking Slave Day


A Mississippi school has canceled "Cotton Picking Day" - a themed day for Black History Month where kids were invited to come dressed as slaves - after some parents were shocked to find the event on their children's Black History Month calendar.

One parent, Ray Coleman, said that it wasn't appropriate and called the planned day a "mistake" and was glad that Cotton Picking Day was canceled, saying "I believe it's something that should be taught in history, but it shouldn't be relived."

Superintendent Annie Wimbish met with Coleman over his concerns and consulted with the Black History Committee before calling off the theme. Wimbish said the committee had no negative intentions with the day and has since replaced it with Career Day.

    WebReporter: vash_the_stampede Show Calling Card      
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at least by renaming it career day, those who already had their slave outfits ready can still wear them...
Another fine example of knee-jerk, PC people busying themselves with the policing of harmless activities.

  by: bbeljefe     02/05/2009 07:11 AM     
...dressing like slaves may be a bit much, but I think picking cotton is a creative way to teach about black history month. Kids need to know the kind of hard manual labor the slaves went through to appreciate the equality we have today. Kids of all races take freedom for granted, why not offer a reminder of what it was like for some people who never got to enjoy that freedom.
  by: pariahpoet   02/05/2009 07:47 AM     
  Politically Correct  
people get in such a state sometimes. Personally I think it's a bit much to have a black history month at all to be honest. History can be taught in a heterogeneous fashion, i.e. the plight of black slaves taught in the historical context of the time that was happening, along with all the other events happening then. It makes a lot more sense.

This is an example of the pathetic nature of the PC crowd. They want to go OTT on black history to look 'multi-cultural' but then they go too far and organise an event which demeans everyone and touches upon a risky subject. Then they panic and furiously back-pedal to get themselves out again. They're all just so stupid and self-involved, they don't get an objective view.

It's like black people using the N-word. Anyone else would be decried as a racist hate mongerer by the PC crowd, but when a black person does it, it's ok. Why? Well the PC crowd wouldn't dare question someone from a minority group for fear of offending them. It's all just spineless bureaucracy failing to enforce a uniform view because of a complete lack of intelligent, rational discussion or objective viewpoint.

I really have the PC crowd, if you hadn't guessed :-)
  by: Maxx20     02/05/2009 10:22 AM     
  grr typo  
"I really have the PC crowd" should be "I really hate the PC crowd"
  by: Maxx20     02/05/2009 02:13 PM     
I have to agree with you. But I also know a bunch of black people who find it offensive regardless in what way it is used. The word just sounds bad to me anyways, so I don't use it.
  by: mostra   02/05/2009 02:13 PM     
  I think it’s a damn good idea…  
It hands-on teaches our children how our ancestors lived in our past and teaches them a valuable trade at the same time.

I find re-enactments to be very valuable learning tools and are much more effective than watching a video or reading a book. ‘Doing’ is always more effective than ‘reading’, ‘hearing’ or ‘seeing’ as a learning method. ‘Teaching’ something to others is actually the highest form of learning.

This is ‘our’ history, we should embrace it, learn from it and not hide it from our children. Let our children know what life was like back then, stop mollycoddling them. They will not be harmed and they will be enlightened. There will be side benefits too, fresh air, sunshine and exercise, a good deal all around.
  by: valkyrie123     02/05/2009 02:47 PM     
  I don't  
celebrat black history month. I just see it as a racist themed month, holding ones race issues over another. If they wanted to not be racist they could have a history month for whites, hispanics, inuits, native americas, men, women, etc. Everyone.
  by: Kroww   02/05/2009 04:47 PM     
Now I'm against the PC movement as well, but in this particular case I feel that this might not accurately shown what it was like to be a slave. If it's like "Hey! Let's dress up as slaves and eat cupcakes and candy and sing songs and dance!" then these kids might be getting the wrong idea. I want to see us move on as a society and learn to live together without feelings of hate because of skin color or beliefs, but we also shouldn't dismiss the fact that slavery was wrong.

I just don't want these kids growing up saying "I don't know why people talk about slavery so badly, you get to eat cupcakes and dance all day."
  by: teh_epic     02/05/2009 06:05 PM     
  I just want a remastered version  
of Disney's Song of The South. My Canadian VHS copy is just about worn out.. (The Grand kids love the songs and the Brer Rabbit stories). Damnable PC crap.
  by: CaveHermit   02/05/2009 06:39 PM     
  Jump Down Turn Around  
Pick a bale of cotton.

I really don't know.

This could be really hurtful to some, BUT it can not be forgot.
  by: ichi     02/05/2009 07:45 PM     
  Big Bird says  
Children should be working the fields anyway
  by: Big Bird     02/05/2009 08:38 PM     
  I just don't understand...  
why everyone gets so PC about this shit... here in Australia a great number of people are the product of England's prisoner relocation policy, there only choice was death or moving to a country were there was limited food, limited opportunity's forced to work off there crimes as petty as stealing 5 shillings, with allot of people not even making it to Australians shores as they died from starvation and disease during the journey.
Now most people in Australia know that this is part of there heritage, they know that this is the reason they are who they are, to hold on to the past emotionally like this is pretty pathetic.
There has to be a time when you go the past is in the past how ever messed up and disturbing it may be it is where it is and we are a result of it.
  by: shiftyfarker   02/06/2009 12:31 AM     
I agree in Australia after the century of being downtrodden by england we are happy just to humiliate them at sport, we dont do around claim compensation for what the english gov't did to our ancestors.
  by: veya_victaous     02/06/2009 01:10 AM     
God forbid that they will start to teach about the white slave trade that happened over 100 years before. Or that their own tribal leaders sold their own in exchange for gold and other things.

Heck why is the British and the Americans always the bad guys, other nations actively took part in the slave trade, Yet you never see them mentioned in the slave trade triangle in school books
  by: simonwike   02/06/2009 02:04 AM     
  by: cyberfreak   02/06/2009 11:15 AM     
This isn't like a Civil War re-enactment. Kids dressed up like African Slaves for the day, and that day was called "Cotton Picking Day." According to the article, there's no mention of actually picking cotton.

Do the students get extra credit for calling the teacher "Massa?"
  by: barryman9001   02/06/2009 07:30 PM     
Lets pretend it didn't happen.
  by: Hellblazer     02/06/2009 07:52 PM     
We'll never have a colorblind society until society stop pointing it out every chance it gets!

I don't care if we have a first black, yellow, red, purple or whatever!
  by: adhemar   02/06/2009 09:30 PM     
  Color Blind Is Not Desirable  
When the differences make a better product. The differences should be savored. It is the spice that gives the flavor. Celebrate it.
  by: ichi     02/07/2009 01:01 AM     
That diversity crap is what causes all the problems. It's called a melting pot for a reason. I refuse to use the term, "African American". They are 'American', plain and simple. Most have never been to Africa.

Take your diversity...add to pot...mix well until blended.
  by: adhemar   02/08/2009 10:44 PM     
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