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Last week, 13-year-old Jada Williams made a startling revelation in her essay on Frederick Douglass when she paralleled the current education system to slavery. In doing so, she ignited a controversial uproar in her upstate New York community.

Williams, an African-American 8th grade student participated in an essay writing contest where she made a very poignant analysis:

Packing 30-40 students into a crowded classroom, and having mostly white teachers give them packets and pamphlets to complete that they don’t fully comprehend, impedes the learning process; and that this produces results similar to those hoped for by a slave master that forbids his slaves from learning how to read at all.

Jada’s observation is that nothing has really changed since the days of Frederick Douglass and that “the same old discrimination still resides in the hearts of the white man.”

Check out the rest of the story after the break – and the coverage on the local news station:

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