Fourth Graders Forced To Give Three Good Reasons For Slavery

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

A Wisconsin school gave a fourth grade class an assignment asking them to detail three good reasons for slavery, sparking outrage after a mother posted a photo of the paper on Facebook earlier in the week.

Fourth graders at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School were reportedly given an assignment asking them to list three good and three bad reasons for the institution of slavery, reports BuzzFeed News.

Trameka Brown-Berry, a graduate nursing student and mother of a son at the school, showed a picture of the worksheet over Facebook, asking fellow users “Does anyone else find my 4th grader’s homework offensive.”

“It was the fact that she wanted my African-American son to name three good things for slavery. That’s insulting,” Trameka Brown-Berry told local outlet WESH.

Her son refused to answer the question, saying there were no good reasons. He ended his assignment, however, by including this affirmation: “I am proud to be black, because we are strong and brave.”

The school eventually apologized, saying the assignment was not explained well enough to students. They have also removed the assignment, issued a formal apology to Brown-Berry, her son and other parents, and plan to provide training for the staff on cultural sensitivity, according to Brown-Berry.

“We understand that, as presented, the words used showed a lack of sensitivity and were offensive. The purpose of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that ANY slavery is acceptable — a concept that goes against our core values and beliefs about the equality and worth of people of all races,” the school said in a statement.

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