Students Asked To Brainstorm Business Plans For Selling African Slaves
Sometimes you just to sit there and really think about how insensitive people can be in this world and then stories like this will make perfect sense, right? Probably not as a teacher at an all girls school in London England had the idea to have the girls come up with a business plan for enslaving Africans while running an efficient business.
Just listen to what this project entailed: Students aged 13 and 14 were given imaginary tools including manacles, whips, thumb screws, iron brands, muskets and barracoons, and asked to devise a Dragon’s Den-style (a reality TV show known as Shark Tank in the US) business proposal for the capture and enslavement of African people.
Lesson materials included direction on how to carry out a “slave raid” and manipulate “African Chiefs” through bribes and lacing them with alcohol.
Perhaps the most debased suggestions were that the “best” aspect of being a slave trader was having “an affair with a beautiful African girl,” and that adult male “mixed race” offspring could be sent to Africa to “run the slave business” while his white father sailed to America.
After a parent complain the Head Master of the school released this statement, “On behalf of the school, I apologize unreservedly for the distress and anguish caused to [the student] and to her mother, as well as to you and others in your community who this material may have been shared with. Now I have had the opportunity to view the PowerPoint in its’ entirety, I share your concerns.”
Not really sure how anyone could ever cross this kind of line when a teacher is suppose to be educated. This was not the act of a very cultural conscience individual.
Andrew Alvez | Elite.