Um, what? Metro Detroit school assignment lumps Barack Obama in with monkeys

May 19, 2022, 7:46 AM

It's hard to know how something like this happened, but here goes: 

What the ---? (Photo: Duke University)

The Roeper School, the private academy in Birmingham for "gifted" children, is backpedaling on a high-school biology assignment given earlier this month, called "an introduction to primates" and featuring photos of apes, monkeys, lemurs and Barack Obama. 

Yes, the former president. 

Technically, homo sapiens is a variety of primate. But given the long history of racist slurs comparing Black people to monkeys, it's, shall we say, a problem. 

Fox 2 Detroit reports

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for The Roeper School sent us a statement with little context about the worksheet that read:

"We are aware of the lesson taught and continue to review the incident. We are not providing additional information out of respect for the privacy of our community members."

However, Fox 2 also obtained the letter that was sent to parents that explained the worksheet was taken from a "highly regarded university" website and assigned in a high school biology class.

Beyond that, the administration isn't saying much, beyond that the teacher is remorseful and aware of their mistake. 

The university source, by the way, is Duke University. Roeper's black-and-white version was printed or photocopied from Page 12 of this "Introduction to Primates" course plan "intended to increase motivation for learning."

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