Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Wisconsin Teacher Reportedly Asks Students To List "3 Good Reasons For Slavery"

Wisconsin Teacher Reportedly Asks Students To List

Trameka Brown-Berry, whose son studies in the same class, said: "Not only was my son in an terrible 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".

On Monday, mom Trameka Brown-Berry took to Facebook to post about a homework assignment her 9-year-old son had come home with.

Brown-Berry told Fox 6 Now that the lesson was "offensive and insensitive", later saying that "Not only was my son in an bad position, but also 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 through your lens, that's what's unsafe".

When Brown-Berry's son Jerome handed in his homework he wrote, "I feel there is no good reason for slavery".

Brown-Berry later said on Facebook she had contacted the principal of the school about the homework and told him she expected a verbal apology to all the students in the class and another formal apology to all their parents. I was in shock.

"Not only was my son in an very bad position but also 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".

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A homework assignment asked fourth-graders at a private school in Wauwatosa to argue why slavery was a good thing. "That's what keeps racism going", shed added. "This particular assignment is no longer a part of our curriculum and we are committed to working with our families and our teachers".

"The goal 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 letter said.

In a later post, Brown-Berry said Van Dellen promptly addressed her concerns and apologized right away.

Principal Van Dellen vowed to better communicate sensitive subjects being discussed in class with parents before presenting it to students. "And that is what I was trying to model for my son", she told Fox 6.

Naturally, since there are no good reasons for slavery, people must have found it offensive.

Principal Van Dellen said he'll be meeting with Brown-Berry Wednesday.

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