View Full Version : YMCA forced to end ‘slavery reenactment’ niglets placed on auction block, chased by horses

02-18-2016, 07:58 AM

Thompson: YMCA forced to end ‘slavery reenactment’
11:33 p.m. EST February 17, 2016

This story is not about the movie “12 Years a Slave.” This is about the YMCA, known for helping young people become responsible citizens facing questions about whether the organization put innocent fifth-graders through the traumatic experience of slavery by making them act as slaves at one of its camp programs.:cool:

At night during the camp, according to two African-American parents, their children were made to act as slaves on the auction block while some teachers and camp instructors acted as slave masters, chasing them on real horsebacks.:p

The activity, called “Underground Railroad,” is dubbed by the YMCA as an educational experience. But for parent Tiffany Birchett, the slavery re-enactment last year traumatized her 10-year-old daughter, Makayla Birchett. The mother’s complaint reached the doors of the ACLU of Michigan this year, which wasted no time in forcing the YMCA to immediately halt the activity.