‘You see how it was to be a slave?’ White teacher causes outrage for stepping on black children in cruel slavery lesson

A White teacher shocked and outraged both parents and students when she singled out Black students for a horrific lesson about slavery.

Patricia Cummings, a teacher at Middle School 118 in the Bronx, NY, reportedly traumatized her seventh-grade students during a lesson about the Middle Passage, a horrific part of the slave trade involving the kidnapping and transport of Africans.

Students said that Cummings told Black students to come and lie on the floor and even stepped on their backs.

“She picked three of the black kids,” said one of the students, according to the New York Daily News. “She said, ‘You see how it was to be a slave?’ She said, ‘How does it feel?’”

A girl who had been called to the floor tried to make an uncomfortable joke about feeling fine, so the teacher reportedly put her foot in the girl’s back.

“She put her foot on her back and said ‘How does it feel?’” the student said. “‘See how it feels to be a slave?’”

“She had students lie on the floor,” said another one of the students who was present for the ‘lesson’. “She was measuring the length and width to show how little space slaves had in the ship. It was strange.”

According to reports, students were called up to lie on the floor after the teacher had shown them video depicting slaves being mistreated. In the video, slaves had been thrown overboard off of a ship in addition to being tortured and beaten.

 

Under investigation

The teacher has since been reassigned after the Daily News asked the city Education Department about the lesson. She is reportedly no longer around children.

Currently, the slavery lesson is being investigated by the Education Department.

“While the investigation has not been completed, these are deeply disturbing allegations, and the alleged behavior has no place in our schools or in society,” said Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness.

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T-6. Central African Republic

Population: 4,900,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 55,400

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Libya

Population: 6,278,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 70,900

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Somalia

Population: 10,787,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 121,900

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. South Sudan

Population: 12,340,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 139,400

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Syria

Population: 22,769,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 257,300

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Yemen

Population: 26,832,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 303,200

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Afghanistan

Population: 32,527,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 367,600

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Iraq

Population: 35,730,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 403,800

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Sudan

Population: 40,235,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 454,700

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Population: 77,267,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 873,100

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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T-6. Pakistan

Population: 188,925,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 2,134,900

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.130

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5. Qatar

Population: 2,235,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 30,300

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.356

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4. India

Population: 1,311,051,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 18,354,700

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.4000

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3. Cambodia

Population: 15,578,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 256,800

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 1.648

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2. Uzbekistan

Population: 31,125,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 1,236,600

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 3.973

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1. North Korea

Population: 25,155,000
Estimated number in modern slavery: 1,100,000

Estimated percent in modern slavery: 4.373

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