Mother Contests ‘Slave Auction’

Holly Carroll, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 4

Michelle Wilson couldn’t have been more surprised or appalled a few weeks ago when her 9-year-old daughter came home and proudly explained that she had bought a slave at school.

“She came home and said, ‘I bought a slave,’“ Wilson said. “I couldn’t believe what I’d heard.”

Wilson’s daughter is a fourth-grader at Swift Creek Elementary in Chesterfield County. She is the only black in her class.

After more questioning, Wilson learned that her daughter’s teacher held a mock slave auction during a lesson about slavery. Her daughter had pretended to be a slave owner.

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