(Fox 5 DC)
A Howard University professor is under investigation after he reportedly held a mock slave auction in class.
Details about the incident were first reported by the Caged Bird, an online magazine that targets readers who are students at historically black colleges and universities.
The professor, who is white, was reportedly teaching a lesson on Frederick Douglass’ slave narrative.
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According to the report, the professor pointed to one of the two black men in the classroom. The instructor apparently discussed how the slaves were examined, before they were sold.
Caged Bird , the professor asked the black student to stand on because he looked “healthy” and “as the type of the slave-buyers would search for.” Even more shocking was the student said that he was asked to “turn around so we can see your buttocks”, so that the class can give you a better idea of how much he was worth. That is when he said that the class spoke in disgust, and he sat down.
“Personally, I’m angry because I feel like you can’t really be a mock slave auction at a HBCU, especially a professor of a different breed,” said student Corey Jefferson. “I feel a little bit ignored by that because I feel like we are past. That was years before this, and now we are at a different age. It doesn’t feel good.”
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“It is very disappointing to hear that, especially a professor everywhere [and] here at Howard,” said grant Edwards. “I think that we just have to hope to understand why he does that and tries to move. Kind to understand how to avoid that and why that would be a necessary thing.”
The student said he was, because he did not expect the professor to do or say the things he did. He also said that he would not asked, because I was so shocked.
A Howard University spokesperson says, “The university is aware of the incident and is investigating the matter.”
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