'Give 3 good reasons for slavery': 4th-grade homework assignment sparks anger

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In Wisconsin, a teacher at a private Lutheran school deeply offended parents as an assignment was sent home on Monday (Jan. 8) asking students to come up with three good reasons for slavery.

Elementary school children at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School received an extraordinary homework assignment, which prompted outrage across social media.

Fox6 reports that fourth grade students at "Our Redeemer Lutheran School" in Milwaukee were handed an assignment which asked also asked students for three arguments against the institution of slavery. There's no word on whether or not the teacher responsible for the assignment will face discipline from the school.

"And for it to be a Christian school, they could say something like, 'what are three good things we can do to prevent slavery from happening?'" Andrea Michel with Safe Place Meeting Group said.

According to a report in the NBC-affiliated television station WKYC-TV, the weird assignment was first noticed by Trameka Brown-Berry, the mother of Jerome Berry, a fourth-grader studying at the school.

The post set off a cry from Facebook respondents and a community leader that the assignment was insensitive and offensive.

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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".

He finished the worksheet by writing: "I am proud to be black, because we are strong and courageous".

Trameka Brown-Berry, a nursing student at Alverno College and the mother of one of the students, Jerome, who got the racist assignment, posted a picture of it on Facebook, with a caption, "Does anyone else find my fourth-grader's homework offensive?"

In a statement to ABC News affiliate WISN News, the school's principal, Jim Van Dellen, said an apology letter was sent to parents, and the teacher did not explain the assignment correctly. "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.

Brown Berry seemed extremely relieved with the school's response about her concerns.

"I wanted to model for him what it means to voice your opinion and stand up for yourself and stand up for what's right". "Speak up. Tell your story", she told Fox 6.

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