Hello Negro says, “Experience is the best teacher.”
A primary school in Louisiana is investigating an incident in which a noose was placed around a kindergarten child’s neck.
The Alma J Brown Elementary School newspaper published pictures of black adults placing the noose around at least one child’s neck at a mock rally on the same day as the mass anti-racism protest at Jena in September.
The children, whose school sits on the campus of a traditionally black university, were reportedly been taught about the issues at Jena, including the symbolism of the nooses that white students hung from a tree in their school’s grounds.
Teachers reportedly produced the replica noose and also allowed the children to carry chains and shackles.
A woman claiming to be a grandmother of one of the children later told the university’s website: “Yes, it was a rope around the little girl’s neck. It was a demonstration as to what the rope symbolised to blacks.”
She added: “I held her in my arms and she knows that I would not harm her or put her life in danger. In order to understand racism one must experience it to make the connection.”