This week, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King exposed a Virginia elementary school celebrating Black History Month with a racist “Runaway Slave” game.
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For Black History Month, during PE, at elementary school in Virginia, the teacher had them play a game. They called it “Runaway Slave.” The Black boys and girls were asked to play the roles of the runaways. The white students chased after them. This is the letter from the school apologizing. Yeah. Really.
The game’s aftermath made ultimately sparked a full-fledged apology and school board discussion.
At a school board meeting last week, Michelle Thomas, president of the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP, told the board that she learned of the exercise last month in a letter that said pupils were given the choice of being a slave, a sharecropper or a landowner. But “slavery was not a joke,” she said. “You didn’t get to choose.” Thomas said children “don’t need to relive slavery. We’ve done enough. We’ve paid enough.” (NBC News)
King also shared buzz about possible legislation to take food out of children’s mouths.
— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) February 21, 2019
According to reports, the legislation would ultimately force schools to face a funding penalty if students do not meet a reading level.
Rep. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) proposed a bill that would cut lunch funding in schools that struggle with reading, and he is working to get others to support the idea. Clark’s proposed bill, if passed, would reduce a district’s “national school lunch funding” if they’re struggling in the reading department over a period of time. “I don’t understand, and hopefully that bill won’t get passed in Arkansas,” Laquita Chalmers, a parent in West Memphis, said. (WTKR)