NY Teacher Encourages Students to Caption Photos of Enslaved People with "Something Funny"

Maria Perez
Sep 25, 2019 - 11:00

A New York middle school teacher is under investigation after asking students to “write something funny” about pictures of slavery for a class assignment. On September 20, Darlene McCurty wrote on Facebook that her granddaughter, an eighth grader at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, New York, was instructed by her social studies teacher to write “funny” captions and titles for multiple black and white photos of enslaved people working in cotton fields. The photos posted to Facebook by McCurty show the class assignment. On the assignment, it had titles like “#BlackGirlMagic” above a photo of Black women...

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