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Washington mother upset her daughter was asked to pick cotton in class

Mother claims assignment was given so students could "see what it was like to be a slave."
By Evan Bleier   |   April 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM   |   Comments

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REDMOND , Wash., April 30 (UPI) -- A mother in Washington is upset after a teacher at her daughter’s middle school allegedly gave students an assignment that required them to pick cotton so that they could "see what it was like to be a slave."

Carolyn Walker called Redmond Middle School to inform them that her daughter would not be doing the assignment and later found out the teacher gave her daughter an F.

"My daughter is African American and for her to pick cotton when her grandparents were raised on a plantation to pick cotton, is not OK, it's not OK at all," Walker told KIRO 7. "It's not just about my daughter, all races should not have to participate in this. It's wrong, it's absolutely wrong."

According to the Lake Washington School District, the lesson was about “the impact that the invention of the cotton gin had on the Industrial Revolution."

Walker has scheduled a meeting with the teacher and the principal where she will request that the cotton lesson be dropped from the school’s curriculum.

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