Slavery-Simulation Game Outrages Parents in Phoenix

Mission US
Mission US

Want to learn about slavery? Put down the history books, forget about teachers and just step into the life of 14-year-old slave Lucy King as she tries to escape from a Kentucky plantation. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Well, no, it’s not. And parents in a Phoenix school district are outraged.

The Phoenix Elementary School District apparently has no idea how the “Mission US: Flight to Freedom” video game, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities, made it to the district’s classrooms, but district parents are not pleased that something they feel trivializes slavery was used as a learning tool.

“I found out about it last week, when my son told me what happens in the game,” De’Lon Brooks, whose seventh-grader attends Emerson Elementary, told the Arizona Republic. “I was just like, ‘No. Not at all. That’s not going to work.’

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“As a parent and as someone who grew up under civil rights [movement] members, I couldn’t allow my son to be subjected to that without my permission,” Brooks added.

The simulation game was launched in 2012, and although it isn’t the first slavery video game, it’s the first to have been made with public funding.

District spokeswoman Sara Bresnahan said that so far, out of the 13 schools in the district, she knows of only one seventh-grade class that has used it. Since finding out about the game, the school has blocked streaming access to it.

The makers of “Mission US” say the game “immerses players in rich, historical settings” and “empowers them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past.”

There’s nothing like having a choice in your own adventure slavery game. Please press 1 if you want to stay a slave, or press 2 if you want to escape!

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Read more at AZ Central.

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HoodooGirl finds White Fragility funny

Can someone now produce a historical game about white people with a focus on what they have done to other people/communities/countries [and their own] which will have to include the:

1) Boer concentration camps - (1899-1902)

2) Amritsar massacre (1919)

3) British partitioning of India leading to the uprooting of ten million people and up to one million deaths (1947).

4) Mau Mau uprising where thousands of elderly Kenyans, were mistreated, raped and tortured by British colonial forces (1951-1960).

5) Famines in India - Between 12 and 29 million Indians died of starvation while it was under the control of the British Empire, as millions of tons of wheat were exported to Britain as famine raged in India. 

6) WW1,WW2, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1st Iraq War, 2nd Iraq War, War in Afghanistan,

7) Millions killed under Stalin.

8) Millions killed under Hitler.

9) Millions of Native Americans killed

10) The New Zealand wars against the Maori (1945 -1872)

11) Massacres of Indigenous Australians (1780-1920's onwards)

12) The fact that almost 60% of the ancient Native Canadian community died within years of Europeans arriving.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/first-nations-canada-european-settlers-diseases-killed-almost-60-genetic-study-british-columbia-a7418441.html

13) Atrocities in the Congo Free state perpetrated under the rule of King Leopold II (1885-1908) - estimates of between 3 and 13 million deaths of Congolese people.

14) Russian Civil War (1917-1923)

15) The Tuskegee experiments against black people (1932-1972)

16) The British partition of Palestine (1947)

17) The destruction of Black Wall Street (Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921)

18) Medical experimentation on black Americans - colonial Times to the Present

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/076791547X/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

hmm ...

I’m going to be here for the best part of a year trying to compile this list.

Let’s leave it at that.