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School assignment asks students to name three 'good' and 'bad' reasons for slavery

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. (WISN) -

Fourth-graders at a Wauwatosa school were asked to name three "good" and "bad" reasons for slavery.

One mother was shocked to see the social studies assignment and contacted the school.

"It was the fact that she wanted my African-American son to name three good things for slavery. That's insulting," Trameka Brown-Berry said. 

In an apology statement, Our Redeemer Lutheran School said the teacher didn't clearly explain the assignment to students and their parents.

"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."

The school took the assignment out of the curriculum, and also plans on discussing sensitive topics with parents ahead of time in the future.

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