The concerned mother of a Milwaukee fourth grader is doing all she can to call out the teacher who asked their class to give “3 ‘good’ reasons for slavery.”
Trameka Brown-Berry shared a photo of her son Jerome’s assignment to Facebook with the caption, “Does anyone else find my 4th grader’s homework offensive?”
Jerome responded to the question on his homework, saying “”I feel there is no good reason for slavery, that’s why I did not write.”
The fourth grader also added a note to the assignment, which read, “I am proud to be black because we are strong and brave.”
In a statement to WESH, the school responded to criticism of the assignment.
“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.”
Brown-Berry followed up with a statement of her own. Read her full response below.
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