Teacher: All right class, today we’re going to be learning about the political landscape that led to the Civil War. Let’s start with a little role playing exercise. First we need someone to play the part of a Southern slave owner…okay, let’s say…Seymour.
Teacher: Great. Now we need someone to play a Northern abolitionist. Raise your hand if you want to volunteer. Okay – – I guess that’s everybody else. Great, let’s begin.
Sophie: How many innocent people must die to satisfy your greed, Seymour?
Karen: You’re a monster, Seymour, (crying) A monster.
Seymour: What’s happening? I’m against slavery – I swear!
Teacher: I don’t think that’s something a slave owner would say, Seymour. Remember, you’re being graded on this.
Seymour: Urn…I guess, then, slavery…is good?
Teacher: Of all the villains in the history of this nation, you Seymour, are by far the most terrifying. I can’t even look you in the face. You make my skin crawl.
Seymour: I thought you said it was a role playing exercise?
Teacher: I’m also doing the exercise. I’m an abolitionist.