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Another Teacher in Hot Water Over Slavery Assignment

Missouri principal sends letter to parents acknowledging 'culturally insensitive' question

(Newser) - A Missouri teacher is on administrative leave after asking fifth graders to set their price for a slave. The Blades Elementary School teacher gave an assignment in class with 12 questions that, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , were meant to educate students on colonial market practices in America; 11 of... More »

Students Told to Write 'Funny' Captions for Slavery Photos

New York teacher is under investigation

(Newser) - A Long Island teacher is under investigation for assigning students to write "funny" captions for images of slaves in cotton fields. The 8th graders at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, New York, were given the black and white photos and told to "write something funny" as... More »

Statue Behind Charlottesville Unrest Is Back in the News

Robert E. Lee monument is defaced soon after judge rules it must stay

(Newser) - The statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the heart of the deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Va. , is once again in the news. NBC29 reports that somebody vandalized the base of the statue, which sits in a local park, by spray-painting "1619" on it. The reference is to... More »

McConnell: Obama and I Both Have Slave-Owning Ancestors

He says they're the same in that way, and on subject of reparations

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is opposed to reparations, a stance that he says is unchanged by some digging NBC News did. On Monday, it published a report based on 1850 and 1860 census records that showed two of his great-great-grandfathers were Alabama slave owners, having at least 14 slaves between them. CNN... More »

2 Big Names Heading to Capitol to Talk Reparations

Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates will testify at House Judiciary subcommittee hearing

(Newser) - The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel next Wednesday. The hearing's stated purpose: "to examine, through open and constructive discourse,... More »

The Last Slave Ship From Africa Has Been Found

Clotilda located in Alabama

(Newser) - Alabama historical officials say researchers have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, the AP reports. A statement issued Wednesday by the Alabama Historical Commission says remains of the Gulf schooner Clotilda have been identified and verified after months... More »

Georgetown Once Sold 272 Slaves. Now, Students Want to Pay $27.20 Fee

Fee approved in referendum would benefit descendants of slaves college once sold

(Newser) - Students at Georgetown University may soon see a new $27.20 fee pop up on their bill each semester, and it's one they voted to add. ABC News reports that undergrads at the Jesuit college voted Thursday, by an almost 2-to-1 margin, to approve a referendum that would mandate... More »

Revealed: the Last African-Born Slave in US

Sally Smith, aka Redoshi, arrived on Clotilda slave ship as a child: researcher

(Newser) - The last known survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave ships lived out her final days on the Alabama plantation that had formerly been her prison. Sally Smith, kidnapped by slave traders from a village in what is now Benin in 1860, died in 1937—two years after the former slave previously... More »

Harvard Faces Lawsuit Over First Photos of Slaves

In 1850, professor wanted images to show whites were superior

(Newser) - Harvard is being sued over its handling of 1850 photographs of slaves that were intended to demonstrate their inferiority to white people—by the great-great-great granddaughter of one of the slaves. Tamara Lanier's lawsuit says Harvard wrongfully seized and profited from the photos and has misrepresented an African man... More »

Parent: My Son Was 'Humiliated' in Mock Slave Auction at School

Westchester teacher under fire for allegedly having white 5th-graders 'bid' on their black classmates

(Newser) - A homework assignment on slavery that left parents "flabbergasted," an apparent faux pas by Virginia's first lady on the same topic, and now another similar incident to add to the mix, this time out of Westchester County, NY. USA Today reports on an alleged social studies exercise... More »

8th-Grade Slavery Homework Leaves Folks 'Flabbergasted'

'Create a list of expectations for your family's slaves,' read Tenn. assignment

(Newser) - Thursday's headlines revolved around Virginia's first lady asking African-American students to imagine being slaves ; Friday's headlines center on asking students to imagine they were the slave owners themselves. Per the Tennessean , that ask came via an 8th-grade homework assignment at Sunset Middle School in Williamson County, Tenn.... More »

Va. First Lady's Mansion Tour Leaves Some 'Deeply Offended'

Pam Northam handed cotton to African-American students on tour

(Newser) - Another Northam fumble has emerged, with a Virginia DOE rep citing a new "racially insensitive" incident—but this time it doesn't involve Ralph Northam . The Washington Post reports it's the governor's wife, Pam Northam, who's under fire following a tour of the governor's mansion.... More »

Schools' Black History Lessons Made a 'Mockery' of Slavery

Districts in Virginia, SC, say changes will be made

(Newser) - A school district in northern Virginia has had to clarify that "slavery is not a game" after students were asked to pose as slaves while completing an obstacle course meant to symbolize the Underground Railroad. The lesson for Black History Month, given to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at... More »

Judge Rules on Couple Accused of Enslaving Girl

North Texas couple is found guilty

(Newser) - A federal jury has found a suburban North Texas couple guilty of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years. Jurors found Mohamed Toure and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, guilty Thursday of forced labor, per the AP . They face up to 20 years in prison, but no sentencing date was immediately... More »

A Tip Led to a Green Shed. Inside: an 'Extremely Sad Case'

British officials found man believed to have been kept as slave for more than 40 years

(Newser) - A call to a confidential tip line has led to what a workers' regulation official in England calls the discovery of an "extremely sad and serious case." The BBC and Evening Standard report on a raid at dawn Wednesday in Cumbria, where officers from the Gangmasters and Labour... More »

Report Estimates 400K Modern Slaves in US

Global survey also faults America for buying goods produced by slave labor

(Newser) - A new survey on modern slavery around the world pegs the number of people in the US who fall into that category at about 400,000, reports the Guardian . The new Global Slavery Index also puts the number worldwide at 40.3 million and rising. While modern slaves in the... More »

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Kanye's Ignorance Is 'Deep' and 'Dangerous'

Essayist calls out artist for comments on slavery

(Newser) - Add Ta-Nehisi Coates to those criticizing Kanye West over his assertion that slavery was a "choice," along with West's previous statements about race in the US. The African-American essayist is out with a long, critical piece in the Atlantic , in which he writes that "West's... More »

Kanye West's Slavery Remark Sparks Offer From Africa

Nigerian lawmaker Shehu Sani invites Kanye to visit

(Newser) - Now Kanye West has a choice—whether or not to visit former slave routes in Africa. Barraged with criticism over his remark that 400 years of slavery "sounds like a choice," the rapper was invited Friday to learn about the slave trade that once existed in Nigeria, CNN... More »

Kanye West's Slavery Remarks: The Harshest Responses

Will.i.am, Spike Lee have a major problem with them, and they're not alone

(Newser) - To say Kanye West has had a week would be some kind of understatement. News that he fired his manager and tweets about his shared "dragon energy" with President Trump were just the crescendo leading up to a Tuesday interview with TMZ Live that left even TMZ incredulous. Though... More »

Teacher on Leave After 'Gross' Slavery Assignment

Worksheet at Texas charter school asked students to list both negative and positive aspects of slavery

(Newser) - When Roberto Livar's wife picked up their son Wednesday from Great Hearts Monte Vista charter school in San Antonio, Texas, the 8th-grader was "distraught" over an assignment in history class, Livar tells KABB . The worksheet he completed was entitled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,"... More »

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