It there a lesson to be learned in the semiotic lynching of Black children on the campus of Grambling State University?
Is it possible for kindergarten and first-graders at the Alma J. Brown Elementary School — operated on the grounds of Grambling State University — to truly discriminate between fake hangings, the Jena 6, and the brutal reality of history?
Where does the lesson begin and the lynching end?
When teachers wrap a noose around the neck of a Black child and enslave other Black children in chains — are we teaching a valuable, historic, life lesson or encouraging modern-day rage?
What lesson is there to be learned in the escapades of White Louisiana students “re-enacting” the Jena 6 events in “muddy Blackface?”
Is the ridiculousness of this Racist re-enactment the sort of lesson the Grambling event hoped to instill in educating its elementary school children?
Does this cruel semiotic Minstrel Show enlighten history through humor or encourage Racism through mockery?
The lesson in the lynching is that it doesn’t take White Racists to forever flay the psyche of a Black child with negative historical stereotypes; and we learn — from the Muddy 6 — that it doesn’t take a noose to hang Black skin in effigy.