Parents and teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina are furious after their children were chosen to illustrate a slavery lesson during a field trip to a local plantation.
They say the hands-on history lesson at the historic Latta Plantation during a Rea View Elementary class trip Wednesday was way out of line and unnecessary.
But tour guide Ian Campbell, who is black, says he was just trying to be historically accurate when he selected three black students out of a mostly white group to portray cotton-picking slaves.
Campbell told WSOC-TV, "I was trying to be historically correct not politically correct."
The president of the local chapter of the NAACP told the news station Campbell should have put sensitivity first.
"There is a lingering pain, a lingering bitterness, a lingering insecurity and a lingering sense of inhumanity since slavery," said President Kojo Nantambu. "Because that's still there, you want to be more sensitive than politically correct or historically correct."
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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States (load item map)
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