Just read for yourself....
From the Clarion-Ledger:
HATTIESBURG — Ray Coleman was shocked Monday on learning his stepson's Black History Month calendar had declared Thursday Cotton Picking Day at Lillie Burney Elementary and invited students to dress as slaves.
...The themed day was canceled Tuesday as part of the school's Black History dress week after Coleman met with Superintendent Annie Wimbish. It was replaced with Career Day.
..."I think the committee had the right heart when considering this and certainly had no negative intentions, because this is part of our history," Wimbish said.
"Different people have different perceptions, so I don't know if it would have been offensive. But we certainly want to work with our parents and listen to their concerns."
Dude, seriously. Get it together.
I am not naive enough to believe that folks don't understand why SHIT LIKE THIS IS NOT OKAY.
It's fucking 2009. We've been dealing with angry, oppressed people long enough to know what will and what DEFINITELY will push their buttons, and we're smart enough to know that some shit just will NEVER be in good taste. So miss me with that "we-didn't-know-it-would-be-offensive" cowcrap. You knew it would be offensive. If your mother raised you with some good sense, you KNOW what's offensive. So stop playing ignorant, 1) because you know better, 2) because it's getting REALLY old, and 3) because you're insulting my fucking intelligence.