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Parents Outraged Over Field Trip Where Students Reenacted Slavery And Were Called The N-Word

Connecticut students were told by teachers to pick cotton and run through the woods while being called the n-word.

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The reenactment included having the students pretend to be on a slave ship, pretend to pick cotton, and pretend the teachers were their slave masters, yelling the n-word at them and chasing them through the woods.

The fact that they used the N-Word. How dare you say that to my child and call it an educational experience? How dare you say that to any child?

Baker told to the board:

I ask that you imagine these phrases being yelled at our 12-year-old child and their friends...'Bring those (n-word) to the house over there. (N-word) if you can read, there's a problem. Dumb, dark-skinned (n-word). How dare you look at me?'

The Bakers' letter to the school board, containing their daughter's own account of the trip, can be found here and here.

It's a town of people of color...really? I mean, Hartford...you could not see that something was wrong with this?

The Bakers have since pulled their child from the school district and filed complaints with the state Department of Education, Human Rights Commission, and offices of civil rights.

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