An assignment given to 4th graders at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church & School asked children to provide three 'good' reasons for slavery, prompting outrage and a call to the school from at least one parent, who shared a photo of the assignment on Facebook.
In a statement to Milwaukee-area TV station WESH, the school said, "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."
On his homework assignment, Trameka's son Jerome responded to the slavery question by writing: "I feel there is no good reason for slavery, that's why I did not write," and finished with the note, "I am proud to be black because we are strong and brave."
You can read more about what the school is doing in an attempt to make amends by reading Trameka's update below.
A teacher is under fire after giving students a homework assignment that asked them to list 3 good reasons for slavery. pic.twitter.com/KRcH1cB4eM— Dose (@dose) January 10, 2018
A Teacher Assigned Fourth-Graders Homework Asking For "Three Good Reasons For Slavery"https://t.co/j0Y6XJp6gF— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 11, 2018