Every February, schoolchildren across the country learn about Black History Month. At an elementary school in Los Angeles, black second graders got quite a controversial lesson last week.
At Windsor Hills Elementary, a prestigious math and science magnet school, second graders received math homework containing a word problem about slaves picking cotton, theRootreported. The word problem used words such as "plantation," "slave" and "master."
Read it for yourself:
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?
Karol Gray, a grandmother of a second grader at Windsor Hills, was horrified by the homework her 7-year-old granddaughter was assigned.
"It's definitely disturbing using terms like plantation, master — my daughter doesn't know what these things mean," Gray told NBC News.
Gray said second graders also received word problems about a man being shipped or "mailing himself to freedom." She also told NBC News that several parents contacted her informing their children also received homework with the same word problem.
I have a rant incoming about racism and the messages that are sent to our children on the low in their schools. (thread) pic.twitter.com/aXZEW1CyBb
According to the Root, Windsor Hills is a predominantly black neighborhood and black children make up about 87.3% of the elementary school's student population.
So for Karla Clark, a parent of a child at Windsor Hills, it's disturbing to see an insensitive word problem about slavery assigned to students during Black History Month.
"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," Clark said.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King issued a statement in response to the public backlash of the homework.
"LA Unified is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, nurturing and secure learning environment for our students," the statement read. "All employees are expected to treat students with respect. The district takes this matter seriously, is investigating it and will take appropriate measures."
Iconic Civil Rights moments
Iconic Civil Rights moments
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: (FILES) US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 August, 1963, on The Mall in Washington, DC, during the 'March on Washington' where King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The US is celebrating in 2004 what would have been King's 75th birthday. King was assassinated on 04 April, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - MAY 1963: African American children are attacked by dogs and water cannons during a protest against segregation organized by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth in May 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Black Protesters Kneeling Before City Hall, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Minutes Before Being Arrested for Parading Without a Permit, April 6, 1963. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
March 1965: Participants in a black voting rights march in Alabama. Dr Martin Luther King led the march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)
Rosa Parks sits in the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after the Supreme Court ruled segregation illegal on the city bus system on December 21st, 1956. Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in the front of a bus in Montgomery set off a successful boycott of the city busses. Man sitting behind Parks is Nicholas C. Chriss, a reporter for United Press International out of Atlanta.
Elizabeth Eckford ignores the hostile screams and stares of fellow students on her first day of school. She was one of the nine negro students whose integration into Little Rock's Central High School was ordered by a Federal Court following legal action by NAACP.
(Original Caption) Passengers of this smoking Greyhound bus, some of the members of the 'Freedom Riders,' a group sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), sit on the ground after the bus was set afire 5/14, by a mob of Caucasians who followed the bus from the city. The mob met the bus at the terminal, stoned it & slashed the tires, then followed the bus from town. BPA2# 47.
U.S. National Guard troops block off Beale Street as Civil Rights marchers wearing placards reading, 'I AM A MAN' pass by on March 29, 1968. It was the third consecutive march held by the group in as many days. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had left town after the first march, would soon return and be assassinated.
American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists and give the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States. Smith, the gold medal winner, and Carlos, the bronze medal winner, were subsequently suspended from their team for their actions.
Young Emmett Till wears a hat. Chicago native Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi after flirting with a white woman.
US President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes the hand of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) at the signing of the Civil Rights Act while officials look on, Washington DC. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) lying in state in Memphis, Tennessee, as his colleagues pay their respects to him (right to left); Andrew Young, Bernard Lee and Reverend Ralph Abernathy (1926 - 1990). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
African-American students at North Carolina A&T College participate in a sit-in at a F. W. Woolworth's lunch counter reserved for white customers in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Nation of Islam National Minister Malcom X addresses a rally on May 14, 1963, in Harlem in support of desegregation in Birmingham, Alabama.