North Carolina Mother Says Black Students Were ‘Sold’ by Classmates in Mock ‘Slave Auction at Middle School

Black students were “sold” at a slave auction conducted by students at J.S. Waters School in Goldston, N.C. The Chatham County school system sent parents a letter about “unacceptable” racist incidents at schools. CHATHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS

Some Black students reportedly were “sold” by classmates at a recent “slave auction” at a Chatham County school, prompting the superintendent to send a letter to families condemning “recent unacceptable incidents.”

In a letter sent Tuesday night, Chatham County Superintendent Anthony Jackson told families that the district had “become aware of recent incidents involving students using racially insensitive language and offensive imagery.”

Jackson’s letter doesn’t specifically describe the incidents. But a Chatham County parent who has been in contact with district officials detailed in Facebook posts about the “slave auction” and a video that used the N-word.

“Our son experienced a slave auction by his classmates and when he opened up we were made aware that this type of stuff seems to be the norm so much that he didn’t think it was worth sharing,” Ashley Palmer wrote in a Facebook post Friday. “His friend ‘went for $350’ and another student was the Slavemaster because he ‘knew how to handle them.’

“We even have a video of students harmonizing the N word. Since when were children so blatantly racist?”

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SOURCE: The News & Observer, T. Keung Hui