In Nevada, an elementary school librarian taught third graders about discrimination by segregating black and white students. Trouble ensued.
One perturbed parent gave a detailed account of what her crying 9-year-old child told her after school Tuesday, saying (Lora) Mazzulla began class by seating black children at one set of tables and everyone else across the room.
“All the African-American children were given board games to play, and everyone else had to put their heads at the table, and they weren’t to look up or speak,” said Stacey Gough, whose daughter Amber is a third-grader at Manch. “She told them that she believes in everything that Martin Luther King (Jr.) had to say and she wanted the white children to know what it was like to be black back then.”
Mazzulla then allowed the black children to taunt their white classmates, Gough said her daughter told her.
“The black children were making fun of the white children, and saying things like, ‘You deserve this for what your ancestors did to us,’ and the teacher was letting them,” Gough said.
The school is near Nellis Air Force Base, which means the children of men and women serving their country are being taught to resent each other and revel in their status as victims. But they’re not being taught enough about history to understand why the librarian, who is white, thinks they should be treated differently on the basis of skin color.
Meanwhile, Gough said her daughter remains upset because it has provoked ongoing taunting at the school between children of different races.
The worst part of the incident, Gough said, is that her daughter has developed a skewed vision of what the color of someone’s skin signifies.
“She never saw another child for being part of another race until yesterday,” Gough said Wednesday. “Now she’s afraid that the black kids hate her for something she doesn’t know anything about.”
My daughter couldn’t categorize people by race till she was in middle school. I felt sad when she got the knack of it.