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Livonia mother speaks out about racially offensive history lesson in her daughter’s 7th-grade class

Posted at 10:39 PM, Dec 07, 2020

LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) — A racially offensive history lesson involving slavery has a Metro Detroit mother outraged and calling out her daughter’s school.

That Livonia parent says she’s speaking out so no other child has to go through this. Now, the school is issuing a statement of their own.

It was a 7th-grade social studies lesson at Frost Middle School in Livonia that left student Jade Holt disgusted.

“It was weird and uncomfortable,” says Jade. She tells us her course on the history of slavery included a question that read: “A slave stands before you. This slave has disrespected his master by telling him you are not my master. How will you punish this slave?”

“I read the question and typed my answer. It was there will be no punishment because I do not believe in slavery,” says Jade.

Her mother Jaala Holt adds, “I never want my daughter to feel that way again, the way she felt this morning.”

She believes the teacher also isn’t the only one to blame.

“Everything has to be approved before it’s given to the children. So, for whomever approved this inappropriate question for 7th graders, I find it asinine for me,” says Jaala.

In a part of a statement to 7 Action News, a spokesperson says:

“Concerns from a parent were brought to our attention this morning, and we have reviewed a social studies assignment given to three classes of our seventh-grade students. We recognize the assignment in question was not constructed appropriately, as we believe in the importance of approaching topics of slavery in any era of world history with the utmost care and consideration.”

The principal hasn’t said if anyone has been disciplined. At a minimum, Jaala wants teachers to undergo cultural sensitivity training.