This fourth grader’s homework is going viral because it asks students to provide three “good reasons” for slavery.
Trameka Brown-Berry posted her son Jerome’s homework assignment on Facebook, “Does anyone else find my fourth-grader’s homework offensive?” Her post has been shared over 2,800 times with over 400 comments supporting her outrage.
The homework asks students to give three good reasons and three bad reasons for slavery. Jermone didn’t give three good reasons, he simply wrote, “I feel there is no good reason for slavery that’s why I did not write.”
Brown-Berry did more than just post her sons homework on Facebook she also contacted the school, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School. She told WESH, “It was the fact that she wanted my African-American son to name three good things for slavery. That’s insulting,”
The school issued an apology statement, “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.”
Jermone finished his worksheet by writing, “I am proud to be black, because we are strong and brave.”