She Didn't Immediately Know How To Respond When Her Son Asked If They Were Still Slaves

A'Driane Nieves' young son asked her whether they were still slaves. In this video, she shares the thoughts she explored while figuring out how to answer. Please watch through to the end because she also talks about other groups who are marginalized in the U.S. And please listen with an open mind — just because some of us haven't personally had these experiences doesn't mean they don't exist. Empathy and understanding are important steps in the process of change. Maybe NSFW: This video contains some profanity, including the n-word.

She Didn't Immediately Know How To Respond When Her Son Asked If They Were Still Slaves

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18

Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)

"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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