The mother of a student enrolled in a Wisconsin elementary school is upset after a homework assignment given to her son's 4th grade class asking them to give three good reasons and three bad reasons for slavery.
On Monday, mom Trameka Brown-Berry took to Facebook to post about a homework assignment her 9-year-old son had come home with.
Naturally, since there are no good reasons for slavery, people must have found it offensive. Not only was my son in an very bad position but the students who weren't black, because it's that sort of mentality of not being able to see from another's perspective and only seeing your lens - that's what risky.
"You wouldn't ask someone to list three good reasons for rape or three good reasons for the Holocaust", Brown-Berry told the AP.
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However, little Jerome was undaunted by the assignment, which he defiantly completed. Jerome, who wrote on the assignment that he is "proud to be black", penned a poignant response alongside the three blank bullet points: "I feel there is no good reason for slavery, that's why I did not write". Spiting (sic) them up form (sic) family members. The 9-year-old also finished the assignment by saying, "I am proud to be black because we are strong and courageous". Principal Van Dellen plans to meet with Brown-Berry Wednesday. "The bigotry and anti-diversity feelings in this country lead people to believe it's OK to act like that", Goodson said, USA Today reported. This did not play well with at least one parent and her son, according to a Fox 6 Now report. She also demanded the assignment be removed from all current and future curriculums and that school must first inform parents before raising controversial topics. He also ensured that these kind of situations would not occur again.
All her requests were agreed on by the school.
Principal Jim Van Dellen told the outlet that this was assignment was a mistake, though he declined to participate in an on camera interview.
He sent a letter to parents and students Tuesday, saying, "The goal of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that any slavery is acceptable".More news: Congressional leaders see path to immigration reform, reject reports of 'mutiny'
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