Parents Outraged Over LA School's Slavery-Themed Math Assignment For 2nd-Graders

A Los Angeles elementary school is under fire for a homework assignment that contained a word problem with racial undertones.

In a report from NBC Los Angeles, second-graders at Windsor Hills Elementary School received a math homework assignment, which featured a slavery-themed word problem with words such as “slave,” “master” and “cotton.” Here is the problem in its entirety:

“The master needed 192 slaves to work on plantation in the cotton fields. The fields could fill 75 bags of cotton. Only 96 slaves were able to pick cotton for the day. The missus needed them in the Big House to prepare for the Annual Picnic. How many more slaves are needed in the cotton fields?”

Inevitably, the word problem angered many parents of students that attend Windsor Hills.

“It’s definitely disturbing using terms like plantation, master – my daughter doesn’t know what these things mean,” Kelly Gray, whose 7-year-old daughter attends the elementary school, said.

“This is Black History Month – it’s hard enough to know you have ancestors who were slaves, but to hear it’s blown up in this type of way is disturbing,” Karla Clark, another parent, added.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King issued a statement following the controversy. “L.A. Unified is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, nurturing and secure learning environment for our students. All employees are expected to treat students with respect,” King said. “The District takes this matter seriously, is investigating it and will take appropriate measures.”

As The Root pointed out, the Windsor Hills and View Park area of Los Angeles is a predominantly black neighborhood (although more white people have moved into the area recently), with the area being historically made up mostly of black people and the school serving a largely black population of students.


  • Melissa Gregory

    they never shut up about slavery and they wanted a month about black history and now that other people mentions slavery and teach about black history they raise hell ! smh you cant win with these people

    • Craig Davidson

      You sound typical.

    • Ilonka h

      did you read that math problem at all? the wording was disturbing and made slavery sound like a neutral, casual, needed thing. it doesn’t teach anything about black history, it says “the missus needed them to prepare the annual picnic” and asks “how many slaves do they need?”. that should disturb you if you had any decency. and besides, a math problem for 2nd graders is not an appropriate place to casually mention slavery. 2nd grade black students, some are probably the descendants of slaves, do not need to be reminded of it. and there is no doubt that this problem was intentionally distributed in a predominantly black school.

      you really say a lot when you say “these people”. just admit what you really want to call black people, and that you don’t think they should be listened to ever.

    • Ilonka h

      nvm saw the “god knows most other races cant do anything without the help of the white race” comment, it turns out you’re a literal white supremacist, you’re gonna rot in hell you nazi