It's undeniable that our society has made some great strides when it comes to civil rights over the past 50 years. But America's still got its work cut out for itself. Just take the following four news stories, which prove that sometimes efforts to fix racial issues can be unmitigated disasters.
4 Field Trip Re-enacts Slavery to Teach Children Empathy, Gets Carried Away
When Sandra and James Baker let their 12-year-old kid go on a class trip to a camp called Nature's Classroom, they thought she would learn about the environment and such. Their daughter did get to know the woods pretty well ... as she was being chased through them and called the N-word. Yep, there was one thing the brochure apparently failed to mention: This was a slavery re-enactment camp.
Now that $10 chain fee makes sense.
According to the seventh grader (who happens to be black), as part of this educational experience the camp instructors (who happen to be white) threatened to "whip me until I bled on the floor" and "cut my Achilles so I couldn't run again." The kids had a chance to opt out of the Underground Railroad activity before it started, but it wasn't obvious from the name what exactly it was -- most of them probably thought, "Riding trains in subterranean caves? Shit yeah!" Instead, they were locked in a small room to simulate being on a slaving ship and had to pretend to pick cotton.
We can only hope one kid broke out and went Django on their asses.