After working hours, to be able to send their child to get an education, any parent would be outraged by the disrespectful assignment that their child brought home. Of all things to ask a child, “How many slaves would be needed to equal at least 4 white people”? was the best a Kannapolis city School could come up with.
According to the Three-Fifths Compromise in the Constitutional Convention of 1787, three out of every five slaves in the United States were counted as people for the purpose of determining a state’s population, taxation, and representation.
A Facebook User, Rickey Junior, brought the inappropriate and highly disrespectful school assignment to public notice.
“Lastnight as I’m talking speaking with my lady. She tells me this is an assignment that her friends son received at Kannapolis Middle School! Smh ??♂️
Again public schools are nothing but white supremacy!“ His post on Facebook reads.
The Kannapolis City School System has apologized on the incidence.
“Thank you for bringing this assignment to our attention,” the school system responded in a social media post. “In addition to reaching out to you personally to apologize, we also are posting here on behalf of Kannapolis City Schools to say that we agree that the assignment was not appropriate. We have taken steps to address it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. All of us at KMS and in Kannapolis City Schools sincerely apologize to you and all who were rightfully offended, and we’re making sure the assignment does not count toward any student’s grade. We expect and promote racial equity in our schools, and this assignment did not meet that standard or expectation at all. We are very sorry for that and are working to help make sure it won’t happen again. We hope you will accept our sincere apology and assurance that we are responding swiftly to correct the situation.”
“We apologized to the parent personally,” said Ellen Boyd of Kannapolis City Schools. The principal talked to her, the superintendent talked to her personally to reach out and apologize. We’ve taken immediate action to make sure it never happens again. We actually put a very high value in Kannapolis City Schools on racial equity, we have an ongoing partnership with the racial equity institute, so this assignment did not meet the standards we are looking for and our expectations in any way.”