Introducing, SLAVE MATHEMATICS. Coming to a school near you!


Tizzo-Music Producer for Gumbomonster.com

Wassup people! Good-morning, afternoon, and night all at once, where ever you may be. Here’s a story I just read no more than 3 minutes after finding out the Saints beat the Detroit Lions 45-28. Being that most of Gumbomonster is NOLA bred, I had to mention that bc a lot of people were WISHING AND HOPING for the Saints to fall down, give up, and fall back. They mad right now. I thought I would be mad after reading this story but I laughed at the balls of it all to be honest.

Straight from Yahoo!, THIS story’s headline read, “‘If Fred Got Two Beatings Per Day…’  Homework asks.”

I clicked on the story to see exactly the story was about. Here’s what I read (Short and sweet for those with short attention spans aka YOU…right there.)

‘If Fred Got Two Beatings Per Day…’ Homework Asks

By Olivia Katrandjian | ABC News

Third graders in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework Wednesday that asked questions about slavery and beatings.

Christopher Braxton told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that he couldn’t believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brought home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross.

“It kind of blew me away,” Braxton said. “Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He’s not answering this question.”

The question read, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

Another math problem read, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.

“I was furious at that point,” Braxton said.

“This outrages me because it just lets me know that there’s still racists,” said Stephanie Jones, whose child is a student at the school.

“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”

“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Roach said the teachers were attempting to incorporate social studies into math problems.

“We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate,” she said.

ABC News affiliate WSB-TV contributed to this report.

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When I read the dad’s reaction, “Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He’s not answering this question.” I couldn’t help but laugh. I laughed because he said exactly what I was thinking.

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This question…

“Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

was definitely on the offensive side. Instead of solving the mathematical problem in my head, I kept imagining eight slaves picking oranges, with a ear to ear smile, in old, torn clothes, with no shoes.

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This question…

“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

was ignorance on the highest level. This is the kind of question that makes you wonder did people really think about the reactions to the question when they were making it a question. At this point, if I was the dad reading this, I’d be talking to myself, out loud, probably saying WTF every 5 seconds.

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This question…

“Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.”

just made me laugh. I figured at this point, they’re just trying to get me to come to class and go off. I just had to laugh, like a quick chuckle or two, as the only reaction to some shit like this.

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THE REASONING BEHIND THE QUESTIONS?

“Roach said the teachers were attempting to incorporate social studies into math problems.”

WOW! Couldn’t fail harder than questions like that. I’m not even sure any of this was even racist. I feel like it was more ignorance than anything. There’s a lot about slavery that we don’t talk about and it’s easy to pin the racist label on a school in the South so I won’t jump at the easiest targets. I don’t believe it was racist but I don’t believe it was considerate or even smart to do. It’s just another one of those cases where you wonder what exactly were people thinking. What were they thinking? What are you thinking?

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