Historian and Latta Plantation tour guide Ian Campbell said, "I was trying to be historically correct, not politically correct."
Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu said, "You want to be more sensitive than you want to be politically correct or historically correct."
What was your feeling on the controversial history lesson featured on Friday's show?
Carl Azuz, Anchor
Historically correct is the only way to go. I hope that we would all like to know the truth or get a sense of the truth through a simulated experience rather then hear the politically correct version. History books have added so much information about the plight of Native Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Irish Americans, and Women that students today know more about the historical truth. It might not always be pretty, but is reality.
After viewing this story and hearing the gentleman from the NAACP comment as he did I then hope he becomes an advocate against ALL future publications of that era to depict ALL races of ethnicity in the cotton fields and not only blacks. Look in any textbook depicting that era and you will not see 1 other race working in the cotton fields whether it be a drawing or a photo! 'Historically correct" look in the text books and news articles and t.v. shows depicting that era!.... "Politically correct" is NOT being able to remember the past as it happened! I applaud this guide for educating our children on the past as it was and jeer the NAACP for well...... NOT remembering the past. If blacks were NOT the majority in the cotton fields then I am yet to see the proof. The era in question :1800-1890
i think it was historically correct but nect time he should use all the students
I think it is historily correct because he is showing that what the slaves would do in the past which is picking the cotton. He is showing how the slaves lived in the past; all working.
That's kind of weird. I mean its a sure way to reinact it. But its not really kool.
I think that he shouldnt have just picked the black kids to volunteer because we have already past those times. We should allow everyone to participate
i think he was historically right. He was not judging, he was just showing what it was in the past. He thought it would be better to chosse three black kids but he did not mean anything by it.
i think it should be both because that would be combining historically correct along with politically correct. you want to combine the new with the old
I agree with the other old guy becuase if the tour guide wanted to show them what it was like to be in those times he should make everyone pick cotton to get the same view of what happened back then.
I think that it doesnt matter because if he wanted to call on the African Americans than that's just who he wanted to call on. People take things to seriously.
i think he should be politically correct because that is what they teachers teach us children these days
I would think he should continue showing plantation the way he does and trying to get the kids to understand the history about how african americans had to work and that is what it woud of looked like with the caucasians on the side lines. also that the guy if he wants to he can have volunteers he can instead of picking people to show the example.
I think that it doesnt matter because if he wanted to call on the African Americans than that's just who he wanted to call on. People should realize that that is how it was back then!
You could have all students be the examples of slaves, not just African American students. That was just wrong. We think political correctness is more important. He should have asked for volunteers. That is salty.
I feel that he did no wrong of what he did. He was just trying to teach kids what it was like
I think what Ian Campbell was right for what he did. He stood up for what he believed in and what he thought would be more logical is what he did.
I think the man should have been politically correct
i think that he was hostorically correct because its a part of our history and he was trying to give them a piece of history
I don't think that he did his action to make fun or hurt anyone but he just did it in the wrong way. He wasn't pollitically correct.
he shoulduve been more politicaly correct. he shouldnt have put only the black kids to pick the cotton
I think he was politically correct he was just trying to show the kids what it was like back in the 1800's.
I believe he was right in being historically correct, because if we tell people things only what they want to hear, then no one would really learn anything.
I think that the man was historically correct. he was trying to show what was going on in the early days.
i think the man was correct to try to make it historically correct. black people were slaves and in history class you learn about slavery; if your teaching about history then i believe you should be historically correct when children are learning about the past.
I think you you should think politically. i understand what that man was trying to do but he should have asked for volunteers.
I believe he should have been more Politically Correct. He should have included the other students instead of just the Black kids. If i was in that school I would have been offended, I would have like to have try something like that, to see what i was like for the Native Americans. Most likely I would have not liked it, working long hours in the Hot Weather.
i think he should have been historically correct,because he tried to make a point, to make the thing look real,so people could see and feel what happened.
I think that it is historically correct.
I think it's more important to be politically correct. Judging people on their skin color may have been done before, but it's not right. It makes people, especially children, feel bad about themselves.
I think that the man was incorrect about what he did, Like the other man said it would have made it equal if he would have split the white children and the black children to do the activity together. so no one would feel left out.
I think that it is more important to be historically correct. The tour guide just wanted the kids to know the true facts about what happened. I agree that it was insenstive towards the kids, but that's what happened in history and that's the only way the kids would know. So i agree with the tour guide.
I believe that the guy was right to pick the children. I think that keeping the history is a good idea. Back in the time of slavery, all slaves were black and the whites owned the black slaves, so why pick the white to pick the cotton now? If the white children wanted to try to pick the cotton, then i think he should have had them try it. I believe that being historically correct was right.
I think that he should have been politically correct because it might have hurt the three kids feelings about being slaves and picking cotton. They may not have shown or said that they were upset about it but they most likely were. I would feel like i'm being mad fun of if that happened to me. I wouldn't want to feel like i was picked because of my race. We are suppost to feel like we are all equal and that does not.
I think that the tour guide should have been politically correct, especially in this day and age. However, I do see his point of view with trying to be politically correct. If I was a colored student that was chosen to be a cotton picker I would of felt very out of place. I think he should of chose a few white students as well.
i think that he should of asked for volunteers then tell them to come up. He should of been politically correct. I didn't think this was right by doing this. He should of picked different people to play that role.
I think it was wrong for the teacher to select only the three black kids out of the whole class. It refers back to time of slavery and even though he wanted to be historically correct he should have picked some other kids besides them. I think that he should have not done that.
I think that it is more important to be politically correct. It is because everybody is equal. It is also because nobody should be treated different.
I think that is is more historically correct. He chose three black children trying to show how it used to be for them back in the 1860's. I think that it was okay that he did this, but he could have had volunteers. I agree that this was okay because it was how things were back then.
i think that the guy was right to pick the black students instead of all the other people. it ishistorically correct that he only picked the 3 black students. it is also bad that he left the other people there. he should of took everyone.
I think that the guy was correct he was trying to show kids how it was in earlier years. There shouldn't have been any harm taken by the kids or the peers.
I think that the tour guide should have not picked the three african american kids because that not only makes the children feel bad that they did not get picked but the three children probably felt embarrassed because of this mans choice. I think that he should do things differently and that should ask for people to help because not everyone likes to stand in front of a group of people and do things like that.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO OR HOW WE DO IT SOMEONE WON'T LIKE IT. EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHILL AND JUST ENJOY LIFES RIDE.
The students in my 6th grade classroom viewed the video images regarding the plantation reinactment and the class was divided by the issue. My classroom is dominantly made up of African American students. Some of them thought that the role play was inappropriate because it disrespected the African American community. They felt that white students should have role played as well. On the other hand, some of the students felt that in order to be historically correct African American students should have role played the parts as slaves. These students felt that the events portrayed occurred so far in the past that no one would feel disrespected. However, the majority agreed that the African American students should have had the opportunity to volunteer rather than being forced or pointed out for the role of slaves.
Historically correct is the way to go. There is nothing wrong with providing an authentic visual of American history. To complain about it is blowing it way out of proportion.
I think it is historically correct because it makes it better if they are black and it makes more since to use them. Also it is his choice and the kids culd have said no i dont want to but htey didnt so that means they didnt care if he choose the black kids in the group.
I think everyone is making a big deal out of all of this. All he was trying to do was show people what slavery was like. I doubt he was trying to be racist.
I think that it really dosen't matter because it is what really happened. I don't think that it is a poltical issue or anything it was just giving the students a taste of what history really tasted like.
I think that it doesn't matter! I mean they are just kids, let them volunteer if they want to. Teach them about how slaves were black, but let them be a slave if they want to. I mean it's good to follow history and all, but that's the point it's history. There aren't black slaves anymore. Also he should make sure that the kids aren't offended by being the slaves.
I feel that he should let the kids volenteer. The kids should only do if they want to. So that he does not have to be historicaly correct or politicaly correct.
The historical view is more important, because the purpose of the field trip is to learn about the past, if in the past that's the way things were, then that' the way those things need to be taught. If someone is uncomfortable with their child being taught that way it is their issue. I believe that we should be taught correctly about our past, with no miss conseptions. History is history, we don't need to confuse our history with politics.
I think he was trying to be historically correct. He was just trying to show the kids how slavery was back in the 1980'S. It was wrong that he used only black kids to act as the slaves. He could have used one of the white kids or even find some way for the whole class to participate. He meant no harm when doing that so no one should get mad over this incident.
I Think in some conditions he is correct, because its his choice and he could do whatever he wants as long as it didnt effect the children, but he could've had a better approach to the situation. I can see why he took that approach ,because it was a history lesson, but he should've took volunteers. If the three Black Children wouldve volunteered it would be a different story.
I believe that yeah it was a bad decision to pick out the african american kids, out of the mostly white class to pick cotton as slaves and says he wants to be historically correct, but this is the twenty first century. He could have chosen hispanic or caucasian to play that role if slavery is truly behind us. I don't think it ever will be but as long as he recognizes his mistake and says he'll decide on it beter next time I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt.
I believe it is politically correct, but it can be offensive to some people. Just pick people by raising their hands and that would make the situation better. This might confuse some of the kids, but it would be better than a big riot that would start if you kept it the same.
I think if you were doing that strictly for educational purposes it would not be bad because you would just be giving informations, BUT if you are teaching that to young kids, it would be more easily considered as racism.
I think he was fine to be historically correct. He was trying to teach a history lesson and racism might be harsh but thats history and we have to deal with that. Teaching a lesson history in my book is not wrong, its history.
I think that he should keep it historically correct because the kids might get the wrong vision of slavery back then. They might think that back then, everyone was all equal, and some people just needed a job, and they will need to the right history for test and stuff.
I think he was fine to be historically correct. He was trying to teach a history lesson and racism might be harsh but thats history and we have to deal with that. Teaching a lesson history in my book is not wrong, its history. Its not really that bad if you think about that
he may have been trying to be historically accurate but thatwas uncalled for. that was basically racism, making those kids look like slaves in front those other kids
i think that he did it out of rites and i think that he is rite, because he wanted to make them feel like it hapening rite now in this life time. he wanted to interact and make it life like for the kids to see. he wasnt trying to make something out of it,, he just wanted to let the kids see what it was like back in the day
I think that he should have been politically correct. By being historically correct, he offended people. He should have just had the children volunteer.
I think that the man was not trying to single anyone out. I think that he was trying to keep tradition as he said. I do not see why people are making such a big deal out of it. Yes, he should have probably waited for volunteers to tell him whether or not they wanted to participate in such an event but I do not think that they should have made it this big of a deal. It's just a tour....
I think it's okay that he was being historically correct, but he should have thought about all the problems it might cause in the future. He should have just let the students volunteer themselves, because then he would have been being equally fair to everyone.
I think that he wasn't wrong by doing it the historically correct thing, but everything should be done politically, especially with young kids like that. Either way in my opinion it doesn't matter since he never did anything illegal or wrong. But next just for percausion he should do it the politically correct way.
I think he should have acted in a politically correct way. And i think he should have just have had the students volenteer. Because some students can be shy and don't want to speak up.
I personally think that what he did was both wrong and right. In a way I think it was okay for him to "single" those three children out, but in a way it wasn't okay. I do think it was wrong only because today so many people worry about racial comments. But in a way he was right because he tried making it seem "real".
Personally, I find what he did perfectly fine. It's not like he was purposely being racially biased. He was just being historically accurate and I don't see anything wrong with that. Eventually, those kids are going to have to learn that it was like that back then and if he were to use the other children, it could just confuse them and mislead them on our history.
I feel this man was right by being historically correct. The only reason he picked the African American students was because he was trying to teach the students what it was like back when there was slavery. I feel that there shouldn't be a problem with what he did because he was just teaching them the right thing.
In my opinion, i don't think that his decision was that much of a bad choice. Since he wasn't hurting the children physically or emotionally and just making a point there was really no harm. Even if by todays standards it was wrong. at least he wasn't purposely trying to offend or do anything wrong so just let it go. He was informing the truth.
I think it was more important for him to be historically correct then political, he was trying to show the kids exactly what it was like back then, and I don't think it should have to do with being politically correct.
I think the man was right. I think he should of been Historically correct like he was. The kids were just elementary kids and it shouldn't made much of a difference. Though I do think he should of asked for volunteers first.
I think that he should have been Politically correct instead of Historically correct way. But he was right by trying to be Historically correct. He should have asked for volunteers instead of just pick out which kids would make the experience more realistic. Even if he was trying to be historically correct he could have tried a different way to make the experience seem real instead of getting kids to do it.
I think that he was right by making it historically correct. I don't think he was trying to make anyone feel bad about their race. He was just trying to show them what it was really like back in that time. I don't think there was anything wrong with what he did.
i think he was only trying to be historically correct because back then there was only certain people working on the cotton fields. in our eyes it isn't politically correct only because we are ment to treat people equal. if he wanted to be political then some people would say that is not right either. so whats the right way?
I feel like this man should not get judged for being historically correct. It did happen in the past and letting people know that shouldn't be a crime. Personally, i wouldn't have done that, i would have informed the children that African Americans were working in the fields but then would have had everyone involved.
i feel this man should of acted in a more politically correct way and should of had children volunteer from the audience to come up and act as the people did back then, also if someone was say, shy or didn't really want to remember that part in history and was ashmed that happened, they might of felt very upset, especially portraying something, such as this, yes this man was politically correct, but sometimes you got to not stick with the facts and keep in mind these are elementary school kids, if they were in high school, and understood it all, then they would feel more hurt than some 5th graders who dont really understand or pay attention, so, im on either side, yes this is true fact in history, however, it was the past and that's where it should stay. It happened, its history, and its the past, and we should teach our kids to get along with someone not on behalf of there skin, but personalitly.
I think he should have been politically correct. Because everyone is equal. What if those children did not want to take part in the activity? He should have ask for volunteers to take part in any activities during the tour.
In this case i think that yes he was wrong but only picking the african american children to portray the slaves. In another light if he truly meant to keep it true to history then yes he was correct to only choose african american children. No matter how wrong it may seem, in his mind he was just doing his job and i think that is and was the right thing to do.
In all honesty I don't see the problem, it is a historic place of learning. In 1868 there were no white people picking cotton. If this man is getting in trouble for trying to explain how bad it was back then, then why do you have these places open anyway. If you want to sugar coat the mistakes that people made hundreds of years ago then don't teach history, if you want people to understand what was wrong about those mistakes then shut up, and let the man tell it how it is.
Our class would enjoy a field trip to the plantation. However, we would all like the experience of picking cotton, those of us that are black, white, asian and hispanic. We don't think it was right that the tour guide called out the black kids. That was bogus.
My opinion is that we should be sensitive, but the ACLU tends to go too far. Mr. Cambell was harmlessly attempting to be historically accurate, and that should be okay in America.
I honestly think this man should have been politically correct. Although the students were only in elementary school and really didn't know what was going on, the man still should have asked for students to come up and not just pick the students he wanted to come up.
i think he was just trying to be historically correct not politically. i don't think he ment anything by it. if he was to do the politically correct thing then there would be other people that would be mad. so whats the right way?
I really think that he could have been more respectful to the fact that he made these kids feel discriminated, making them feel like if that's what they mean to society. The man should have let the children volunteer on their own, or letting all the kids take part in the skit. It is kind of a silly reason at least to me to make a big deal out of. But all in all the man should have thought before he chose these kids to take part in the skit.
In my opinion I think that he was right to be historically correct rather than politically correct. I think the kids were a little young but i don't think it was wrong. It was good for them to see how it was back then. he was just trying to show them the truth.
Mr. Cambell was showing how a historic event would have happened. It is just like a play, you are showing how things were. If he would have picked three non-African American children, would people have found another way to be offended?
sooooooooooo many issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was not politically correct, to do what he did, He should have let the students pick what roll they wanted to take part in. Although he wanted to do this historically correct, he should have thought about the political outcome before he did what he did.
I don't think that the tour guide meant to make the student feel bad or discriminate against anyone. I think he was just trying to show the students how it was in old times. He shouldn't get punished or anything like that because all he did was make a mistake by not thinking something through before he did it. Just next time i think he should pick volunteers.
i think he was wrong to do that because it was not politically correct. i think he should have asked for volunteers instead of telling three african american students to come up. The students must have felt embarressed and not equal.
I think it was politically correct for him to ask for volunteers. If not that, then he should of picked both white and black students, not just the black ones. If I were the students that he chose I would feel very embarrassed and very angry.
I think the man should have asked for volunteers. He shouldn't have singled out 3 African American students. Maybe one of the Caucasian students wanted to take part in the cotton picking. What the man did was wrong he shouldn't have singled out any of the children. He should have picked who wanted to do the cotton picking activity.
My opinion on this is very wrong. He should not have just picked out the african americans and tell them to be the people who act out the slaves. Even though he thought he was doing it so the kids would understand history a little better it still was wrong. I think he should have asked for volunteers and not just pick the kids out.
i think that what he did wasn't the right idea to teach these kids. he should have had the whole class or group of kids join in or had volunteers. Even with that thought I still don't think people should be creating so much call for alarm. i don't think the man was being racist, and i know he wasn't breaking the law.
i do not think it's politically correct. i Feel like he was being a little prejudice.next time he should just have the whole class come up n not single any body out.
The tour guide should have chosen volunteers for the activity. That would have been easier and non-controversial. The tour guide should have thought before acting.
I think it wasn't politically correct. I agree that Ian Campbell should have called for volunteers than picking out anyone. Calling for volunteers would've been politically correct because no one would be singled-out. Anyway, calling for volunteers would be much easier to handle because they would be more ethusiastic about demostrating how it was.
I think he was just trying to teach the children what it was like in the 1800's.
But I do think he was wrong for doing that. He should have asked for volunteers, because I think being politically correct is more important in this time period. The children should learn at an early age that discrimination is wrong.
I think that the tour guide was wrong in this situation. I understand what he was trying to do but there are different ways of explaining and show things. At that age the children wouldn't understand the way he was trying to explain those days. He could have shown them what not to do and how its wrong to treat people that way.
My opinion is that the tour guy should of took volunteers. Just picking African Americans makes it even worse. I don't think he meant any discrimination, he was just trying to set an example. But he still shouldn't of done that. Volunteers would of made the situation a lot more easier.
I think he should have asked for 3 volunteers instead of picking out those 3 black kids because that shows discrimination. Even though he was trying to be historically correct, he shouldn't have done it. I don't think he was trying to be politically correct, he just wasn't thinking.
I think the man mad a bad idea of chosen 3 black kids to be part of cotton slaves. I think little kids at that age shouldn't know about what happen in the past as when african americans where slaves. He should have just picked 3 kids to go up. Maybe next time he would be a little more responsible when he's trying to make his point about something.
I think that what Ian Campbell did was wrong, and he should not have singled out only black people. He should have asked for volunteers and if no one volunteered then he should have picked both black and white people.
I understand that he was trying to be historically correct because it's his job. He was probably just trying to give the full effect on how it actually was back then. However, maybe he can ask for volunteers next time, so that people don't get embarrassed, or feel out of place. He could also pick a range of people, rather than just picking one ethnicity.
i think it was alright i mean were all = what would have been any diffrent if he pulled out a wight kid would the news been all over that no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so i don't see why this is a big deal and i think what i just said was justified so don't say it was raceist
It's not really all that bad, cause he wanted people to see what it was like and that was how it was like. So he really did'nt do anything wrong.
I sya that their is nothing wrong about that he is black and so are the kids he chose
No I dont think it was wrong because the guy was african american himself so it couldn't have been wrong.
I believe that his intentions were right but pulling just the black kids out was unfair to the white.
There was nothing wrong wih what Campbell was trying to example. He was clearly teaching about black-history and giving an example wih black kids. If he was trying to help the students learn about the subject, he shouldn't choose white kids. It wasn't White-History!
People over react to much
i think this man is very wrong for doing this to kids, they might be embarrased to go in front of their piers, in a certain respect he is racest for segregating them from caucasion kids
I think that he was doing a good job because he was just showing the kids what happend when slavery was around. He should still try to change up the color of the kids.
I don't think there is any problem with that because this is black history. The white people wern't slaves, black people were.
The guides choice was passionate, however the choice was ill concieved and did more harm for the kids then benefit.
I say that thier is nothing rong with that i am black and not afended and we need to stop racial profiling other pepole
i think that historically correct. because, he is an african american him-self. so therefore it wouldn't be any harm to show the real thing.
I really don't see why everyone is getting so worked up about this. The man himself was black so why does it matter if he chose black kids to be the slaves? Also, what if he just randomly picked them, which is saying that the white kids were racist not the black man.
It should be more important to be historically correct, because at that time, it WAS politally correct.
i think that he did the right thing. kids need to know the truth. and you cant just change history if its going to hurt someones feelings. the important part is the true facts and thats what the teacher accomplished by doing what he did.
I think that this issue should be decided by the children who were choosen to "pick cotton". If the kids feel that they were being chosen because of their race and feel bad because of it then no, it was was not right, but if the kids truly did not mind being chosen then I don't see the problem.
I think he needed to be politically correct, rather than historically correct. Singleing out those three African-American students in a class can bring forward the thoughts/comments of segregation to those three students. We want everyone to have it known that everyone is equal; No matter the color of your skin.
Although he could have picked a group of all white and all african american students to play the roles; he did not intend to offend anyone and was just making his point by showing how it was back then. Especially because the children are so young, it would be easier for them to understand and the point would be made clear.
i think its okay with what he did. he was trying to be historically correct and it shouldn't offend anyone that was the past and we are in a new era.
The whole point of the field trip was to show the kids what life was really like then. If they were supposed to have a realistic experience, it shouldn't be sugar coated. If they want to make the experience "equal" then it wouldn't really portray slavery accurately.
Kids in modern society are more sensitive than ever before. Is what the guide did wrong? no. But times have changed. If you're not politically correct, you will undoubtedly get chastized by the public.
If you go to a Civil War era plantation tour, you should expect it to look like a Civil War era plantation. Re-enactments are meant to be historically accurate and don't account for the policies of the present.
its better to be historically correct with the younger kids cause it teaches them the truth about history......
I believe that this is a perfect example of a way that being historically correct isn't always the best answer. In my opinion these kids were sort of singled out by race, and it may be considered offensive in society today where all people, of all races are supposed to be created equal.
i belive that historically is more correct because its more important than pollically, history is a big thing.
I believe the man was correct and that the children might be confused about who actually picked cotton. I dont believe he was intending it to be racial. I believe historically correct is better than politically correct anyday.
i think its better to be historically correct for the little kids cause it teaches them the truth about history....
Honestly I believe that Mr. Campbell was only trying to make the field trip fun and informative and that he wasn't trying to upset anybody by only choosing African American students
I think that Ian was just showing the children how different races were treated back then not to be racial towards them.
I'd be historically correct rather than politically correct just to show how unfair things were in the past and how we can get a better understanding on what happened so in the future we can be better individuals.
I believe that it was historically correct because it teaches the children about how the way they were treated and the wrongness about it. I do not believe that it would discriminate against them either it would just teach them of that particular time in our history.
I think when dealing with slavery or any other racial issue you have to be extremely careful with your actions. Being politically correct is always the safest way, that way no one gets offended and the kids still learn.
Kojo Nantambu was right. Ian Campbell should have got the whole audience involved, then his point would b clear to the entire audienc
We think that what he did was historically correct. Why should the color of someone's skin make a difference? Slavery was over 200 years ago, it is time to let it go and enjoy the field trip as an educational experience. Every kid should be included in at least one of the activities. Volunteering would make the most sense.
Yes this is HISTORICALLY correct! The students came to learn about how things happend back then and as what happened, Black people (African-Americans) were indeed the ones who picked cotten. If they wanted a field trip were the information they obtained was historically INCORRECT they shouldve went somewhere else.
I believe that he did nothing wrong. He was just trying to teach the students how their life would have been like in to 1800's. You wouldnt see white people picking cotton, you would see African Americans. The field trip was to teach and show students what life was like in the 1800's and thats what he did.
I think the guide was very out of line. How does that make those kids feel? And the caucasian how does that make them feel when they don't get picked just because of the color of their skin?! I think that guide should apologize to those students. They were probably very hurt.
I think that it is incorrect to teach kids on a feild trip political ways instead of teaching them History. If they wanted to go and learn about slavery, Cocasians (whites) were not slaves. SO that is teaching the kids false information. The kids that told on him were trying to get on television and try to get him fired.
I think this was not wrong to do. Mr. Campbell just wanted to show what it was like back then. Plus, if it is so bad to think racistly then why were they thinking like that? You shouoldn't even think that because then it will be wrong.
This is completely absurd. This is completely unfair to those 3 Black students. Why would he call just them out from a class of 23 students? This is all I have to say.
I can see how this argument would start a controversy–but I can also see both sides of the argument. One one hand, if you are at a history reenactment, you want to make it historically accurate. But on the other hand, some people might be offended, or see it as prejudiced. This must be a very heated argument; I think both of them have a way to support their side of the story.
I think that this man was trying to just teach these kids how it was back then. He wasnt trying to be mean and pick on the African American kids. Back then slaves were African American. I think we shouldn't be mad at him but thank him for giving us his time to show us how life back then use to be. Even if it seemed he was being rude. I think that he should try to ask for volunteers and include everyone next time because we don't want this to happen again. And for the parents of these children that feel bad, tell them to jst forget about it. It is fine.
I think that it is incorrect to teach kids on a feild trip political ways instead of teaching them History. If they wanted to go and learn about slavery, Cocasians (whites) were not slaves. SO that is teaching the kids false information.
I don't think he was being political. I just thinking he was trying to play history as it was. I mean he could of asked the kids before he chose them. I really don't think there is any thing wrong with that. It was how history was. It shouldn't big a big deal. I don't think he mean't it that way. He didn't mean it.
I think that it is more important to be historicaly correct because America's past has affected our present and future . I know that is might be kind of rude to choose the black kids, but the truth can be ugly.
Politically correct, DEFINATELY! Does it really matter at this point? I mean, we've passed the law that stop slavery and there isn't prosecution of african-americans in America anymore. He should have picked people at random, not picking specific people (african-americans).
Itz a demonstration y be so serious people neva can calm down i mean dont be sensitive my gosh!Breathe itz history lol
I believe that historically correct is better then politically. If we are arguing about an educational demonstration, then we have learned nothing from history!
Were the children offended or was this made a big deal by overly sensitive adults? If the children were unharmed then what is the big deal? We all know slavery is a part of our past.
Here is the way I see it. I understand the parent's disapproval of her child being selected to play the part of a slave just because of skin color. But I feel even though we all should be treated equally, there was a time when that wasn't the case, and as unpleasant as that time was, children need to LEARN about it. They need to understand our past to make sense of the present. I believe Ian Campbell was being historically correct and that was the right thing to do.
I think it doesn't really matter. If he was being historically correct then thats how it should be. On the other hand he should have asked for volunteers.
I believe that it is Politically correct because using three black students for the slave inactment is wrong, And therefore it should not be done under any sercumstances.
i teach middle school social studies, and i have had ALL my students clean raw cotton by hand as part of a lesson on slavery. it was an eye-opening experience for them and i think taught them some empathy for people forced to do such a repetitive and unpleasant task under duress.
I would go with the historical not the polilcally. I mean who wuold pick the polilcally option. Seriously
I think that historically correct is correct.
I believe Ian was right. The history may have been painful, and it may have caused controversy for the future, but it is what made you who you are today. Don't hide from the past because it is what made us who we are today. The past made America stronger and wiser and we changed our wrongs. Confusing the past because it used to be hard and painful isn't going to help those students understand how much we have made. I respect Ian's respect for the past and I believe to show the children in the way it was will keep that kind of thing from happening again.
I believe that both historically and politically correct so that everyone can feel equal but so that students can see how that slavery opporated that it was African-Americans whom were the slaves and the slave ownwers were white men
i think its more political !! because it really dosnt matter if you black or if you are white
I think he should be politically correct.
I think that he was ok to go with the history but i think that next time he should have ask the kids if they wanted to come up but if they would have said no then he should have picked somebody elese.
I think i would be true about something uncomfortable then being polite of something because the people would notice if you didn't tell the truth. So i really think you should actually tell the truth of what went wrong even if your feelins are hurt.
I think that he should let the people volunteer to paly because that way no ones feelings would be hurt, Plus there woouldn't be this big arguement over it now if he had.
I think he should have picked random kids because the kids may have wanted to go (the ones he did not choose). But we can cannot change what happen but he should have picked random kids no matter what.
I believe Ian was right. The Latta Plantation was correct for picking those black students. Cause blacks were slaves so he tried to show history. Not to make the white kids feel bad or to be politically correct. History is History and he just keep it how it was.
I think that historically correct is more important and it should not offend othes because that is how it happend. We should not deny what happend. We should just do better next time.
I don't think we can hope to change the future unless we learn from the prejudices of the past. I feel it is important to highlight the fact that, in the past, this is exactly how the slaves would have been chosen. Hopefully, if students realize how WRONG this choice is now, they will realize how wrong it was back then, and the lesson they walk away with will be to ensure that race will never play a part in determining society roles again.
We need to know what happened back then. If you pick black and white kids then some of the kids might think that both black and white people picked the cotton.
Historically correct. I think that because back then thats how people done the things. Back then they choose blacks but I believe they should've choose many different races, because all people are the same no matter what color. We can't do anything now because the past is the past we can't change whats already been done.
I think that Ian Campbell should have ask them to raise their hands. I agree that he was historically correct.
I think you should be historically correct because thats just how it was back then and no it was not right, but thats just how it was and no one can do anything about it because it is in the past. I dont think anyone should be offended by this because like I said that is just how it was. Maybe before the lesson he should have said that all the slaves used to be black and that he was just doing his lesson according to history.
Although this costed discomfort to the class, this was what the socio-economic classes were in the 1800's. He had the right as the tour guide to choose the colored boys to play slaves. But, next time maybe he should ask.
Well some people think that its racist some people think its just what happened in the past whaterver it is people cant blame someone for somehing they choose and know what they did
I think that this guy shouldn't have picked three black children to pick cotton. I mean sure it is historically correct, but we're not in the past, so this is not politcally correct. Thank you.
I feel borderline about this problem.He probably should have told the story of the black slaves then ask if any person wanted to be the slave in the scenario.
Although it was not politically correct there really should not be that bg a deal. He chose the students to demonstrate what it was lke. So even though it was historically correct there really should be something that would help the students or tourists get more involved with the activities
it isnt really imporant on if its historicly correrct he should have picked kids who wanted to do it.
I honestly think that this whole thing is really not worth the fuss. Yes, some may be offended but he's not going to do it again. This issue will happen again too. There are people that just need to find something wrong with all that people do. Honestly, as long as he only asks for volunteers, it doesn't matter if they're black, white, asian, etc. This is a passing thing, and next week it will be something else.
We feel he was being historically correct, however in today's society, you should try to be more politically correct. Some students may have been embarrassed or offended. Next time, he should just ask for volunteers like he said he would in his interview.
i just go with the flow
he did not do nothing wrong, just wanted to be accurate
i think that he was not wrong. If the kids chose to go on the trip to the plantation then they should go with what the instructors thought. even if it was historically of politically correct. he should choose the kids or the parents arent the conductor.
In other words, i don't believe whether politically or educationally, one race is no different then another. Everyone is important to the acts of our world. This man, was only trying to recreate a scene of the past. Not whether he did this or just chose any person from the crowd, Think a bout it... 🙂 does it effect you or anyone else!?
We should be careful in both ways, but if you make everything "politically correct" then it might be hard to get the historical significance of it.
I feel as if he did the right thing by showing these kids what really happened, and i hope that by him making a mistake that it will show these kids that they should be politically correct correct because sometimes you hurt people's feelings!!!!!!!!!
i think he should use everybody for his demonstrations so that all the students feel equal. yay! :]
I think he was incorrect for choosing three African American students
he should have asked be for choosing who acted out the parts of slaves, and if the three black children raised their hands he should have picked two at least and one white child to make every one feel equal in race.
He did say that he was going to do that from now on, He should be forgiven because He was really just trying to show the children how it was, even though it was wrong.
I think that it's important to be historically correct, as long as the kids that were used weren't offended by all being black. Another option might be, as Campbell mentioned, to ask who wanted to be used as a slave.
i think that is not wrong what he had done but next time he should pick from both races so the guy will not get in troubles because kids dont care if they were picked because they are small but the parents are the one how are the ones that realy care so next time he should be little more carefull with what he does and he needs to whach his actions
I think that Ian Campbell shouldn't try to be either. He should have chosen any student that volenteered, despite thier skin color. No matter what color skin the cotton pickers had in the play, if Campbell explained the position of slavery right, then it wouldn't matter what skin color they had; the students would get it anyways. I do however believe that you should be more sensitive then historically or politically correct because, even if he meant no harm, some people could become offended.
I dont think it was that big of a deal. From what we can tell, it was not offensive, and was historically correct. I don't see a problem with what he did, and if it was offensive to anyone, it was not on purpose.
Historically corect is the correct way to go. Its the right way to go because for this you need to tell what is going on and it needs to be the truth. you should go this way because this way you know the truth. you should always go this way. I'm not lying.
i think that it was wrong of him to pick the black kids out of the croud. it really doesn;t matter wether thir black or white during the demontration as long as you get your point across and teach them about the whatever he was teaching them.
Well, The way I took it was that he had african american children to play the roles of the cotten pickers. Therefor I think that he was beign historically correct. No one treats anyone different. f they do it is their own opinion. The man said that the other man was being politically correct and that means that he was only thinking of this generation and how is now. Evedently he was trying to say that we treat everyone like we did thirty years ago. I think he is wrong. He had those children because he was trying to give everyone a flashback of the past. And again therefore he was being historically correct. The reason I say this is because that is because that is how we treated people thirty years ago. We had slaves and made them bow down. Not this time. Everyone is and should be treated the same.
I believe that both sides are correct. People have to be sensitive to people. But at the same time, you have to be historically correct for kids learn the real thing. I say for the guy to say he was sorry and move on.
I think they should worry more about being historically correct, instead of politically correct, so the students would actually learn what happened, instead of the government caring about hurting feelings.
He wanted to be historically correct , but he should have asked for people t come up insted of picking people. That way the three students would not think that they were inferior.
I think what he did was ok i dont have a problem with it. In general it was kinda racist and unessecary but, he was trying to make it realistic.
I think that the teacher should not have just picked african american students to pick the cotton for three reasons. The first is, he didn' t think about what the parents would say. The second is, why couldn't he have picked someone else? The third is, why did he have to be politically correct? He shouldn' t have been politically correct he should have thought about the parents and what they wanted to happen.
I feel that the lesson was degrading. The children shouldn't have been singled out in that way. In the future, all the kids should participate.
I think its both
I think we should help each other farm.
I think that the guy should not have picked out those 3 black kids because that was singleing out everyone in the class
its probably both
I think that Ian Campbell didn't mean to do any harm when he picked the black students. It is historically correct, but I can see why there is trouble. I think that his next idea of asking for volunteers is a better idea because of the possibilites. If kids have stage fright, they won't want to preform in front of their fiends. I think that people are the same no matter what color skin they have.
I think its important to be true your history, but it is best to consider how other people my feel about it. I think Campbell should do what he said, to ask for volunteers.
I think that being historicaly correct is a better way to teach people about the way slaves were treated in the 18 century.
I do feel that Ian Campbell was definately in the wrong for doing what he did, simply because of the situation. I do understand that he was trying to make his point by being historically correct but what he did was very discriminative of him. It definately must have been very insulting for the children who were chosen to pick the cotton due to the fact that his actions were crass and hurtful, not only to those children but to many African Americans.
i think that he has done nothin bad! he is correct i mean we have to face the fact that the past was harsh.But those kids are our people of the future and we taught them that we should not make the same mistakes as we did in history
I believe that we should learn about historical events but we need to teach it not acted it out because even if you were not trying to be polictical, some people may think so.
i think that the men was been historical correct, because he was trying to make a point that that was how they treated slave in the past. Because it was a play and i don think he was doing the play with a bad intention. Instead he was saying that that was the way that they treated color people. I don't think that he was trying to say that in nows days these we still have slaves and that that is how we treat them. But at the same time i dont think that he should do it again because if they are color kids it might hurt they parents or their parents might think bad. But also if he didn't mean it in a bad way he should have used white people too.
i think being politicaly correct would have been better than trying to be historicaly correct. Some people feel stronger about there history than others. History is great, but its a very delicate situation that should be handled carefully.
Let actors be actors. The man was doing his job and being historically correct, as he was supposed to be. He was not voicing his own opinions or making personal attacks.
I think he should have been both policatlly and historically correct. He could have asked for volunteers and be policatlly correct and if no one volunteered then he could have tried to be historically correct.
I think that its a misunderstanding its now 2009 and not the 1800's . So things have changed since then and in a way there is a way it was approached.
You could be historically correct and politically correct. He could use volunteers.
On Friday's lesson I felt that Campbell was correct, but he went too far when he choose elementary kids to be the cotten pickers. They were jusst children, and could have taken the lesson the wrong way.
I think he was trying to be historically correct. The reason that is, is because back then it was african-americans that had picked the cotton. No, he wasn't trying to be racist. He was just trying to portray the history. He was african-american himself.
I think Campbell did nothing wrong he was trying to demanstrate how it was in the past. yes maybe it was a little to worng but its nothing that is bad he was trying to be historically correct not politically.
There are pros and cons about both being correct, because technically in history African American people did do this in history and this is how it would have been then. But since today's society has changed so much; politically this would be considered as discimination which is wrong and shouldn't be practiced even if the man didm't mean to do it. Besides this isn't something that any young children should see.
I am sure that the children didn't make a big deal out of this issue. Adults have a way of blowing "nothing" out of proportion. Don't we have other issues to worry about in this country?
I think he should have been both historically correct and politically correct, and thought about his actions before he did that. He should have asked for volunteers and did it like that.
okay well, i have posted a comment that i think that it is okay that he could do that because he was being historically correct. I still think that he is but then again I think that if he wanted to be historically correct then he should have had more white children. He only had african americans.
I think that was not right but I don't think the media really has to talk about it. I think he should give the other kids a chance as well, and then he wouldn't have to look racist. Also, the other kids might want a chance as well.
WHY DID THEY MAKE SUCH A BIG DEAL?
i don't think that it was a good idea to use the Afrecan-americn kids only,
i think people are making way too big deal out of it i think that it should NOT be on CNN its not that impornat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe it should be in the local news bit NOT a big station like CNN He should ask for volenters
i think that it is racist and unnecessary, but i dont think that people need to make such a big deal out of it. Anyway, i think it is good to be both historically and politically correct.
I think that it's not that fair to just pick black kids to pick the cotton things, but they shouldn't be making that big of a deal about it. I think that the guy should ask the kids parents, and if they say yes and they understand why they chose their kids, they that's ok.
I dont care if he was being historically or politically correct. I figure either way it isnt the right thing to do.
He should have asked for volunteers. However, too much emphasis is placed on being politically correct in today's society.
I think that this matter is politically correct because it is unfair to blacks.
this guy needs to lay off.history is history.you cant go back and change it.sensetivity is out of the question when it comes to history.what happened happened and if people dont like it,then thats their problem to deal with.
I would be historically correct, because you need to teach these kids a lesson, like it or not. It was rough, but I think it was worth it
becauce people are diffrent colored they should not be singled out there should have been a mixture of people not just colored
As a history teacher I find it very important to be HISTORICALLY correct instead of Politically correct. I am very upset that the textbooks in public school have been manipulated and have events misconstrued. No matter how much someone doesn't appreciate events from the past, that does not give them the write to change them.
I think what that man was doing was trying to show the students how cruel people were back then. Many people take it as offensive, but who are we to rewrite history to our liking? It really happened, and just because it was not one of the most glorious time periods in US history, doesn't mean that we can delete it from the books.
I think that this is pollitically correct because this had to do with races. I don't think he should have done that, but I am glad that he has decided that he will ask for volunteers in the future.
It is good for students to lean about the life back in slave days. To be able to know how slave work and how they did it is very cool. He should had everyone in that class be able to do it not just those three.
Historical correctness is much more important than political correctness.
This being said, the tour guide should have asked for volunteers. I wouldn't want to be one of the kids selected.
I just think that it is kind of inhumane and I don't really care if it is historically or politicly correct, I don't think it should be done at all.
I think that Mr. Campbell is right. People today are getting too edgy on race these days. I don't think he did anything wrong; I think it is ok to be historically correct.
poeple are just tring to make a big deal out of everything he was just showing an example of how it was back then
I believe that he made a mistake in calling out the african americans in the class for the demonstration, but he seemed to have realized his mistake. From now on I believe that he should just ask for volunteers from the class.
I think it was right to pick the black kids first but he should make sure they would like to.
The NAACP is correct "You want to be more sensitive than you want to be politically correct or historically correct."
I believe that this was wrong, but not as much as the news made it seem. I know it was wrong to pick 3 black children without their volunteering to do so, but it is truly what occured in the early 1860's. An alternative could be to let every student try each part of the reenactment, to feel what it was like to not only the slaves, but the owners too. This way, the general idea would be achieved without such a controversy. Also, greater knowledge would be learned through all angles of slavery.
Does it really matter? What I'm wondering is why we are getting so worked up? If you really thing about it, it all seems silly.
I think that he should be historically corect in a sense, but he should've asked kids to raise their hands. This is not a case of racism because why would he be racist to kids with adults standing right there!? I think that he tried to do his job and teach kids about history and why we should never do something like that again.
P.S. Tell Mr. Johnson's class that this is his student because my classmates wouldn't believe me. 🙂
I think that Mr. Campbell did nothing wrong picking the black students. I mean they are supposed to be learning, right? Why wouldn't you want to learn things that were historically correct? I think that he was perfectly corrct in doing what he did. And I respect him for it.
What he did was not wrong in any way he was just trying to show the kids what it was like in the past, It was historically correct so i don't get what the big deal is. Its just learning we do it almost everyday in school and we never get on the news
When I was young, I had all these lessons and lectures about being historically correct and politically correct. All of my teachers just went on talking how important it is to always keep in mind about other people's feelings, which also includes making fun of other people's skin color. The controversial history lesson featured on Friday's show can be understood, but one should always keep in mind that a history lesson that contains a simple activity which allows people to experience what others felt is perfectly fine. However, going to far isn't good. The experience can be interesting, but interesting things aren't always good. Basically, I'm saying that my feeling on the lesson featured on Friday's show was that the decision of the Historian can be understood, but maybe it went too far.
Ian was only trying to show what really happened in the past. He said that next time he would ask for voullenteers. He made a mistake, everyone does. If you were in his position and if you were that enthusiastic about history, you would try to be as correct as you can. From the perspective of a kid, we don't really care who gets to play the part. A kid gets asked to do the part, they do it and it's not a big deal. i think Ian was okay and he said he was sorry and he'd approach it a different was next time.
I think They should have picked people to do this and just give the job to someone!
I think he did the right think because he was trying to show what was historically correct. He even said after that he will do it differently next time because he has learned a lesson.
I think that he was being historically correct, but with the history of the slaves maybe he should have taken it into concederation. Also he has probly presented that presentaion and used african americans and the mother or father is taking it to far. and why would a black man be racist against his iown race!
hi im michael and what i think about it is that it was historically correct because they didn't have white slaves they had african-amarican slaves thats my opinion but other people might have other ideas on this.
but he might have maybe choosen a white kid too.
but i agree yhat next time he should pick volenteers.
and if three african-amaricans are raising their hand and other white kids too, he should pick atleast one of them.
I believe it is more important to try to be historically correct, because if we try to be politically correct then we'll have to put a whole new perspective on the subject. If you were to do a project like this would you really try to be politically correct and make more stressful to find the right information on the subject, or would you make it easier for yourself and just read a history book to find the information? I certainly would use a history book!
i think that being historically correct was correct and he was not being racist. asking the children to come up is not wrong, its just an activity they can participate in.
I think this man should be ashamed of himself,it was wrong what he did and in stead of trying again he should of thought about it. What he did I think was imature and wrong it is very sad that he did this and I feel bad for the kids.
I don't believe that there was anything particularly wrong with what Campbell did–as long as it wasn't purposeful discrimination, then I don't understand what all the fuss is about.
I think he is politically correct because its no fair that people get to treat people like that. Also why would a person talk about what happened in there life. A person should not be just asking people like that. I think that was wrong to ask and tell people that. That is just what I think.
Politically, I think that you shouldn't base the lesson on race. It's a history lesson, right? He was trying to teach EVERYONE about slavery; therefore, I think all the students should have participated. He only taught those kids specifically how it was like then. Because he excluded some of the children, they did not have the opportunity for a hands on experience.
I don't think that there is a problem with being historically correct because your trying to teach people what it was like back then. If this was wrong then what would you say about movies that have african american slaves? Would that be politically correct? You'd never hear anyone saying that the directors are wrong because they tried to be historically correct! I could see how some people would get angry about all of this, but it isn't racist. The tour guide was trying to be historically correct!
........i think that even if he picked other students people would be screamin that its controversial he just picked students like he always did and if he has done this before (like he proably has ) than whats the big deal.he picked three students to play slaves not to be in the white house its not a big deal he was just bein historically correct in my eyes!
I think it was historically correct because black people were the ones who picked cotton in the 1800's
Ian Campbell had no fault his teaching ways. He just teached the truth of history,,Pollitically correct does not fit the histroy,,
Even though three black students out of a group of mostly white students to play the role of cotton picking slaves during a class trip,
It was criticized to other people,, But younger student could know histroy truth, If the teacher hide the truth, it would be distorted,,
Truth should be revealed,,, Historically correct should be informed to student, so It does not happen to misunderstand,,
I personally think he could have been a little more diverse. This shouldn't be such a fuss! Campbell made a mistake. So what?
I think it is historically correct because he was just trying to show real life history.
I think he is historically correct because in the time of slavery african americans were the one who picked the cotton. So i think he was just trying to show a real life expierence for the students. He wasn't trying to "pick" on them or racism never was the purpose.
WHY IS EVERYONE MAKEING SUCH A FUSS OVER THIS?????????? LET IT GO!!!!!
I think it is right to go with historically correct. If they teach politically correct, they might teach students wrong history.
I don't necessarily think it's worth the fuss. He was going for historically correct; you can't lie about the history just so you don't upset anybody. Besides, no matter how politically correct you try to be, you can never keep everyone happy.
This whole dilemma shouldn't be made into such a big deal.Students in the field trip didn't even make a situation of what Mr. Campbell did. Although it was wrong that Mr. Campbell excluded the rest of the class from paricipating in the activity, but he was only tryig to prove the point that black people where the slaves back then. This "situation" should be historically correct because it does illustrate how slaves used to work on plantations as they did back then. Slaves working on their master's plantation is just like how serfs used to work on their lord's manor back in medieval times. What if the class went to a medieval manor instead of a plantation and Mr. Campbell choose the white children of the class to demonstrate how they worked back then? You see it doesn't really mater because he would still be trying to prove the point of how serfs worked back then like he is proving the point of how slaves worked back then,today.
I think that he should of called on any children who wanted to volunteer to pick the cotton because the children that he picked might of had stage fright or they could of been really shy or just not wanted to volunteer because that would be fair.
I think that it was good that the teacher was trying to make it historiclt correct, but it wasn't nice to the kids. The teacher should have asked the black kids if they would mind being the cotton pickers, if they did then the teacher should have asked other kids.
I think that both sides are right. He should not have made the kids feel out of place, but he was also just trying to show the other kids what times were like back then.
I think it is polittally correct because i find that very racist and he should not single kids out like that anywhere.
I dont think it's worth fighting about he made a mistake dont we all.
I believe he was historicaly correct beacause he was only trying to show a great reanactment of history and that is what he is trying to do with everything. But to be a bit more safe he should use all students instead.
I think that it was wrong of the tour guide to just pick the black kids against the white kids because we are now in the time of freedom and equal rights and it kind of seemed like discrimination because he was just picking black kids as slaves!
I belive that they should leave it politically correct .
It may have been historically correct but it was not politicly. He should have made other kids pick cotton, what happened in the past is the past the kids should not have been forced to do that. It is offencive and i think if the parents aren't mad they should be.
i really dont get this post lol it's really weird:)
I belive that this is historically correct this is how it was and they cant change that I think he did it the right way but next time he should have the students volenter to do this or just let all of them do it.
The tour guide should have asked for volunteers to pick cotton so that nobody feels forced to do what they don't want to do, and it is racist to make just the African American kids pick the cotton.
Are you kidding me!! Using black children as slaves picking cotton what an idiot i say lets be politically correct and forget historically correct!!!!!!!
I don't know why it's such a big deal, they weren't out picking cotton from sun up to sundown. They were kids who maybe picked 5 pieces, if that. They will be okay.
i think its historicly correct because its in the books and its reality
I think he should of asked the kids who wants to volenteer, then pick the African-American kids if they raise their hand.
I think if you want kids to be politically correct when they are old, they must learn the horror of what is historically correct. If we don't learn from history, it may repeat itself.
I think that he should have asked them first. He humiliated him infront of his friends and classmates.
I think that hisorically correct is the correct thing to do, so that the students on the trip know the truth about what happened in history.
Well he is just being correct. And you know he is not racist because he is black too. It shows the kids how hard it was for blacks at the time. Although maybe next time it might be better to let kids volenteer.
I think that it is O.K. that he picked out those kids. He wasnt making fun of them becuase he is African American. Just tell him that next time he should take volinteers. People make mistakes, and get more chances.
I think that it was wrong of him to chose the Black children. I think from now on I think he should A) Ask for Volenteers and B) If know one Volenteers, then chose any race...not just blacks.
i think he was just being historically right. But he should have asked for volunteers and possibly picked some black kids some white kids. I don't see why ppl are making such a fuss over it though.
i think that it was unfair and it must been so imparasing to the kids i think that the giude should do somethinkg eles
I that that was not right. That was a bad thing to do and that could have really hurt thoose kids emotionally.
This is a tough one to call! I thing it does matter if you use those kids the way they don't want to be used. If they did not want that then they would be embarest! Soooooo he should have asked them first!
I think that he should of picked them all randomly instead of purposely picking on the African American students to make them work. You could demonstrate with a lot of different people who could just pretend.
That was very innapropreate to have african american as the slave. I think that he is racist and should ask for volunteers as the slaves.
I think he shouldn't of had picked the African American kids because they might have gotten their feelings hurt and feel awful. He should have asked who would like to volunteer and have people who were a different race than them help too.
I dont think that he was wrong. I do not think he ment to hurt anyones feelings about slavery. Was just trying to make everything historicly correct.
I think that the guy shouldn't have picked the black kid because now we are past slavery and racism
I don't think that he should have picked the African American boys. Just becuase back then Africans were mistreated and picked on, doesn't mean that they have to have that done to them now.
well, i know people will take it as a racist statement, but he was just trying to make it realisitic!!!!! i know it was kinda rude but he should still not get in that much troubleeeee!
That teacher was just trying to prove a point and he was african-american so its not racism.
it should bhe historicly correct, because you would be teachjing them the wrong way. But i also think that he should have to9ld them that the slaves were african americans, have asked who would like to of volonteered for that part.
I THINK IT IS BEING RACES
you cant lie about history so you cant make anything up and try to make people belive you
yea i dont really get that at all
thats cool people
Yeah that's like tottally correct lol NOT!
OK this story has 2 sides but I think that the kids show them the right facts like the history books only have blacks picking cotton but Latinas picked cotton 2.
Politicaly corret dawg
Its not bad what he did hes is just trying to TEACH the kids about the plantation and unless the kids were bothered then its fine.
i think he should use students of all races
I beleive History correct is right. If you are going to learn from the past and not make the same mistakes, you have to know what exactly went wrong. If you have a buffered version it doesn't sound so bad. Therefore people would wonder what the problems was.
I think that he could have been historically correct while offering a choice to those students who wished to participate in what he wanted them to do. What slavery was like could still have been shown in a more politically correct way and all of the students could have had the chance to find out what the experience was like – if they chose to be a part of it.
I think that he should not have the rights to do what he did. He should ask before chosing people for doing historical actions even if they are black.
He sould have not picked just the three black students no matter no matter what he was trying to be because there were white slaves at that time to but that's the part of the story they don't want to tell
I think that it should be history correct so u can see what is was like back in that time period.
I think Ian Campbell should be politically correct instead of being historically correct because all the students should have the equal experience of cotton picking regardless of their color. Also, they take the kids out to field trips to experience lessons that can’t be experienced in class. Mr. Campbell only let the African Americans get that chance to be a cotton picker slave if the kids wanted to or not. He should have let all the kids have a choice to participate in the activity. Its mean to be made to re-live the pain of their ancestors.
I think that he should leave it up to the students to decide if it should be historically or politiclly corrcet so that there would not be controversy over it
I think that he should have been politically correct because being historically correct can change the way kids think about their classmates and how they treat them in a negative way. He could have had adults or high school kids do the play and the elementary kids could play smaller parts of the play that won’t make them be thought of wrongly or treated differently from the rest of the children. The people who are playing the part of slaves don’t have to be black, they can be a different type of skin color and he could have just said that their ancestors were slaves back then.
I cannot choose sides because I can see value in both positions. In respect to historical correctness, I can see how Mr. Campbell wants things to match history because he is a tour guide on a historical plantation. The purpose is for people to experience for themselves how hard life was for black slaves. While this is of value, I do think that Mr. Campbell also should have students of all colors experience a day in the life of a slave. This shows the value of a politically correct position.
I say it should be historically correct, since we have already gotten our selves shot over political correctness at fort hood. Well I don't think that we want to go through something like that again on our own soil. The thought of being historically correct is fine but he should of choose some other students just to show how it felt to be in the past then just the African American students.
Well I think it would've been better to let all the kids participate instead of just African-American kids doing the activity,just to play it safe
I agree with the tour guide for historical correctness, because history means "what REALLY happened" he did what was actually happening in that time, because blacks were the slaves, and children need to be taught that because if they dont then the knowledge doesnt get passed down and they arent taught american slavery was an atrocity that lasted for 4 centuries. same thing with genocide, it keeps happening because no one is taught of the atrocities, so people will and do get away with it. if white kids are arent taught that their great grandparent was most likely a slave owner, then they will grow up with the same beliefs as that great grandparent. historical is appropriate because it is what actually happened in american history. white people getting angry about this is like them trying to forget slavery, kinda like the turks with the Armenian genocide. they do not deny it yet, but this is only the leadup to what is to come.
Politically correct is more important to me than being historically correct when it comes to people's feelings. The teacher could have taught about that time in history and asked for volunteers instead of picking three dark skin students. The students would still have learned the lesson without being put on the spot for being a certain color.
This is why the usa doesn't want to repeat history in the first place. He did have a good idea for a visual aid to a normal plantation for that time. That is history. Why sugar coat it?? It was something that happened in the past, and as long as though students know it.Then whats the issue. It is a sensitive subject no doubt about that, but it is taught in schools no matter where you are. So,people are just going to have to get over it, and move on.
Even though this man was trying to be historically correct... he should have stood and opened his eyes at the students in front of him, and ask if any of them would have liked to volunteer... This man didn't want to offend anyone.... just teach them the truth of slavery ... he was truly blind.... and didn't think of his actions, or how any of the students would have felt.
I think that it's good to be historically correct, but if I was African American, I wouldn't particularly enjoy being chosen to play as a slave and be reminded of the past. Maybe next time Campbell should ask the students how they would feel about it before he decided who would play as who. After all, nobody wants to be put in the spotlight for their color.
Black Americans that play the Race Card on a non-Black American in order to get their way or get them fired when it is proved beyond any reasonable doubt no racial comments or slurs were ever uttered, SHOULD be charged with a criminal offense.
It should be a felony to falsely accuse anyone of racism and demeaning racial slurs when it is proven that never occurred.
Well Its His Responsibility To Be Historically Correct. He Is Teaching Them History. If The Parents Dont Want Their Children Fully Understanding The Unfairness Of The Time, Then They Shouldnt Send Them There.
I would have done the same thing but then do the white children as slaves and then done a mix.
no because half of the girls are better than the boys