North Carolina mom upset after school gives child Confederate hat as a prize

January 18, 2014
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A Reidsville, North Carolina mother is upset after her 9-year-old son came home wearing a replica Confederate army hat he received as a reward at school.

Natasha Lea noticed  Jacob was wearing a new gray hat when he got off the bus earlier this week, and a closer look revealed it was a confederate-style costume piece, according to WGHP. 

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Lea said, “I did not want to believe that. That the school actually let him walk around as an African American child with a Confederate cap on. This stands for a dark time in our history.”

Although the hat does not have a Confederate flag emblazoned on it, a tag inside says “Confederate” and a price of $4.95. Lea says it represents slavery and oppression whether it bears a flag or not.

Rockingham County Spokesperson Karen Hyler said in a statement, “At South End Elementary a classroom teacher rewards students with ‘big bucks’ for positive behavior.”

She continued, “Before winter break in December, the class had an auction where students could bid on different items using their big bucks. Many of the items are donated by families. One of the items for bid was a grey cap with a black bill. The cap did not feature any additional decorations.”

The statement concluded, “Ultimately, the teacher had no malicious intent offering this cap as a reward. The school has reflected on this issue and will be sure to thoroughly screen items donated to err on the side of caution that they could not be seen as potentially offensive.”

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  • Cthulhu0818

    “Ultimately, the teacher had no malicious intent offering this cap as a reward.” Maybe, maybe not. But if the teacher didn’t know what that cap represented, the teacher is too stupid to be teaching. Moreover, the GD thing should never have been offered as a reward for anything.

    • http://saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie Chomper

      Obviously, you have no idea what the hat represents either: the sovereignty of states, the right to self-government, the legality of secession, and the South, where blacks were treated substantially better than they were in the North, who invaded the South to prevent the loss of Lincoln’s major tax base, and not to eradicate slavery. Furthermore, slavery was an American institution, not merely a Southern one. Indeed, more than a few Southern blacks wore such caps when they helped defend the South from Northern aggression.

      • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

        If we banned people for stupidity you’d be out of here.

        • http://saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie Chomper

          Actually, I am more informed on the history of the War for Southern Independence than you could ever hope to be. If we have a debate, believe me, you will lose and lose big. I am a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and know of what I speak. Most of you folks believe in the simplistic, self-serving Northern Myth, which was invented to justify Lincoln’s war of aggression.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            Bet I know something you don’t: The South will not ‘rise again.’ Deal with it.

            Stop trolling our readers or you will be banned.

            • http://saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie Chomper

              Ban me, butt head. The South was right and the North was wrong. You deal with it.

              • http://www.thecosmicsurfer-rantingsofamadwoman.com/ Cosmic_Surfer

                No problem – just did

            • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

              Him wants to debate ” The South was right and the North was wrong. You deal with it. ” ? My American flag must be defective too many stars printed on it.

              • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

                He’s smarter than us!

      • Merlin

        How old are you? That was absolutely the most propagandized statement I’ve heard since I left the crippled south. You are either stoned or have some how survived through a life time of stupid. The “Sons of Confederate Veterans ” have recreated a history they feel they can live with after a huge loss. They preach it like the gospel, …that don’t make it so.

      • lexy677

        Go back to your outhouse and stay there.

  • aleatharhea

    “err on the side of caution” are weasel words

  • http://welcomebacktopottersville.blogspot.com jurassicpork

    You’d think if anyone would be cognizant of the Confederacy’s dark history and intent, it would be professional educators. But this is North Caroline, after all.

  • ARealHousewifeInOC

    ok, if mom is so pissed why the f*ck is that shit on his head?

    • aleatharhea

      Oh, I dunno… to show what he came home wearing???

      • ARealHousewifeInOC

        oh well aren’t you observant.

        • chicano2nd

          And what are you in your mind?

  • fantagor

    I interpret this as a woeful example of our failing school system. If he’d learned any US history, the hat’s significance would have been apparent….to the teacher, who obviously doesn’t know shit.

  • KathleenCat

    Wow, some adult in that school surely had to notice the word “Confederate” on that tag.
    All they had to do was pick it up, and see there’s a tag on it, and read it.

    Even if they didn’t recognize it without a flag on it, you’d think as soon as they picked it up and saw that word, they’d know what it was.

    Anyone who picked the hat up and looked it over either willfully pretended not to notice, or was so ignorant they have no business teaching anything.
    Or else no one examined the hat except from a distance, and no one turned it over (including the teacher who bought it?) Yeah, OK, sure.
    Somebody knew and didn’t give a damn.

    Probably laughing to themselves.

    • mrsgunka

      Oh, they knew. They knew!

    • Merlin

      I’m sorry, I have to burst your bubble. I lived in Tennessee too many years, was born in W.Virginia, served in the Navy in South Carolina, every single person in any of those states, knows what that hat represents.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

    Fine, the teacher has no malicious intent. Which is exactly the problem. I understand the boy may not have any idea what he was bidding on but certainly the teacher knew it for what it was. Failing to speak up and be a pain in the ass about these things are exactly why they continue to exist. We should all do everything we can to eradicate this type of acceptance. Stop being lazy and speak up, is this the world our children should grow up in?

    • Dave

      the teacher most certainly did….how could they not know that a black family would find this offensive. I am the decendent of white Ellis Island immigrants and I find this offensive

      • http://saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie Chomper

        I find it offensive that you find it offensive. You insult my Confederate ancestors based on your ignorance of history.

  • tiredoftea

    …”The school has reflected on this issue and will be sure to thoroughly screen items donated to err on the side of caution that they could not be seen as potentially offensive.” Too late! I guess this mother’s concerns didn’t rise to the level of “offensive”.

    • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

      At least it wasn’t an collectors edition civil war noose

      • tiredoftea

        Progress in the South!

        • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

          Truly is, there’s some really backward thinking folks around here. I’m just amazed at all of these ” after the fact ” reflections these people have [ GOP / Rednecks, etc ] They say and do shit, then after said and done…..go….. ” Oh my/our bad, didn’t mean it ” sorry.

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

            So what’s the excuse here north of the Mason/Dixon?

            • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

              I am north of the Mason/Dixon right?

              • neworleans878

                Mason/Dixon is much more than a geographical line…it’s a line in the mind where many are unfortunately stuck in the antebellum south.

                Don’t know where you live, but your mind is definitely north.

                • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                  I’m in Kansas City (yes, it’s known as a cowtown) but we’ve grown culturally, and I’d like to think we’ve evolved but reading the comments in the local paper assures me we haven’t.

                  • mrsgunka

                    They call Denver a cowtown also, too, but the only time I’ve ever seen a cow around here is at the National Western Stockshow that is on right now for the 104th time. Then they are all shipped out to bigger and better things unless some restaurant buys them for braggin’ rights served on a plate for a ridiculous price! You don’t have cows wandering about town grazing anymore either, right? We have a lot of right-leaning sheeple tho.

                    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                      Yes, you would be correct (about the sheeple). You can go down to the railyards by the MO river and see them waiting to be shipped off to be on someone else’s plate for an outrageous fee.

              • mrsgunka

                Isn’t Mo kind of a panhandle in that line? They didn’t have much respect for us Notheners up in Ioway! :-) The Suthin drawl started at the state line!

                • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                  damn!

                  • mrsgunka

                    Dayum! :-) My MO nieces and nephews called me “Aint Kate”!

                    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                      I thought the only name you had was Mrs Gunka (haha) You know Denver is on my bucket list, I was hoping for this spring/summer. Of course the youngest had to knock up his girl (May) and my girl is getting married in Oct but I’m still going to try. I’d love to meet you for coffee or lunch or drinks while I’m there.

          • tiredoftea

            Is this the lingering shame/embarrassment of how many of those in the South still feel about the loss in the Civil War? It is re-framed as the “War of Northern Aggression” and the flag and uniforms are”cultural” artifacts and so are bereft of their true meaning.

            • mrsgunka

              “Surely, no one will notice!”….yes I called you Shirley. :-)

              • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.

                • mrsgunka

                  Surely, you jest. :-)

                  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                    with you – always!

          • not_buying_it

            I like to refer to this behavior as “Whitewash Christianity”. Whereas, you may say or do as you please, with no regard to others….as long as afterward, you say the magic words about being saved. Clean slate, rinse and repeat.

            • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

              perfect. stealing that. (just so you know)

        • fantagor

          Yeah, they have “progressed” to forgetting their “proud” heritage. If you’ve seen a single Civil War film, you instantly recognize that hat as a staple of the Confederacy’s rank and file army, yet the teacher was oblivious to the significance, never mind the child.

          • mrsgunka

            Oooops…..forgot.

      • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

        Read some of the comments from the source. Wow!

        • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

          nit-picking seemed to be the word of choice. I call it lazy racism.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            I shall steal…I mean borrow that, “Lazy racism’ phrase sometime.

            • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

              what’s mine is yours. Except Jamie, of course.

              • mrsgunka

                There you go….nit-pickin again! “…except” :-)

                • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

                  well, then there are days…..

            • bancaturday

              Tsk tsk. Working on your day off!!!! You’re off on Caturday remember?

              • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

                Every day is Caturday!

        • Thurlow Weed

          Disgusting comments. The Fox video leads off with “what looks like any old hat” which is the code for rebs to lie their racist hearts out and feign shock that anyone would be offended by this universally recognized symbol of the Confederacy’s military.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            And the “there were black Confederates too!” That made me sick.

            • http://saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie Chomper

              Does truth always do that to you?

          • http://saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie Chomper

            We rebs don’t need any code words: you are ignorant of history.

      • Hank

        Actually, whether you intended it that way or not, that’s a very good point.

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