Shiloh Middle School officials are "addressing" a teacher's Nazi mascot assignment following complaints from parents, WSB-TV reported Thursday. The teacher's assignment, given to sixth graders Monday, asked students to create a "colorful" mascot representing the Nazi party. Students were also asked to give this Nazi mascot a name.
"This assignment is not a part of the approved materials provided by our Social Studies department and is not appropriate and the school is addressing the use of this assignment with the teacher," a Gwinnett County Schools spokesperson said of the assignment. Echoing the concerns of parents who presumably said "What the fuck?" as soon as they were informed of the assignment, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP succinctly outlined the preposterousness of the unidentified teacher's Nazi-themed homework.
"When you think about a mascot for something, you think it's a good thing—mascot for your college, mascot for your high school," chapter president Richard Rose said. Rose added that Nazis are "nothing to celebrate."
While teaching children about the rise of Nazism and its far-reaching societal effects is indeed something that should happen as often as possible, asking them to basically draw up a cuddly Nazi mascot is one of the worst ideas I've ever heard, particularly when taking into consideration the emboldening of neo-Nazi groups in recent years.
And as for those modern-day Nazis, they already have a mascot: