What’s Going on? Washington DC Elementary School Apologizes After Black Fifth Grade Students Were Asked to Play Slaves During a Lesson About the Civil War

A Washington D.C. elementary school has come under fire for asking black fifth grade students to portray slaves during a lesson about the Civil War and Reconstruction era.

The incident took place at Lafayette Elementary School in the Chevy Chase neighborhood where a class was asked to wrap up a series of lessons on the Civil War by creating a dramatic reading or podcast.

Students broke off into groups for the assignment, which asked students to portray an enslaved person and a person of color drinking from a segregated water fountain.

Principal Carrie Broquard sent a letter to parents apologizing for the offensive incident saying the learning exercise won’t be used in the future, according to the Washington Post.

‘Unfortunately, several students of color were asked by their peers to portray inappropriate and harmful roles,’ Broquard wrote.

Students ‘should not have been tasked with acting out or portraying different perspectives of enslavement and war,’ she added.

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Source: Daily Mail