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Could You List the ‘Positive Aspects’ of Slavery? A Teacher Asked 8th-Graders to Do So

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Students at a Texas charter school recently received a homework assignment that asked them to list both the “positive aspects” and the “negative aspects” of slavery.


Eighth-grade students at Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School in San Antonio were given a worksheet titled, “The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View.” A mother posted the worksheet to social media with the only appropriate answer:


The teacher of the class said she was only teaching from a textbook: Prentice Hall Classics: A History of the United States, but after an outcry from parents, the book was removed while the school district conducts an investigation. I looked in Great Heart’s school manual and “investigation” is defined as:

A bullshit tactic used to stall people until their low attention spans force them to forget why they are angry.

Meanwhile, the school’s superintendent issued the following statement on Facebook:


While there is no way anyone can list the positive aspects of slavery, as a certified wypipologist, I can provide an answer if this is ever posed as a short-answer question on an assignment:

Slavemasters often forbade enslaved persons from becoming literate. While this seems terrible, there is one positive aspect:

They didn’t have to put up with reading white people’s bullshit.

You’re welcome.


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It gave the majority a 400 year headstart on mediocrity and a false sense of supremacy.