Staff Photo: Frank Reddy Ed Dubose, state NAACP president, speaks to a crowd of several dozen Monday night during a town hall meeting in Duluth.
DULUTH -- Despite investigations by the local school district and the subsequent resignation of an elementary school teacher, representatives with the NAACP are not satisfied.
During a town hall meeting Monday night held at a church in Duluth, parents, community activists and the organization's state leader Ed Dubose spoke their piece on an issue that raised eyebrows last month.
"I don't care what color you are," said Georgia NAACP President Ed Dubose. "Those math homework assignments were inflammatory."
Many who felt the same way as Dubose called for an apology from the Gwinnett County Public School System, asking for the district to take whatever actions were necessary to prevent such future incidents.
It all stemmed from a homework assignment sent home by several teachers last month at Beaver Ridge Elementary. Following investigations and a wave of media attention of teacher Luis Rivera resigned on Jan. 13, and the three others were chided for distributing the homework.
One of the homework questions was: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"
Another question was: "If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"
In a letter to administration, Rivera said the questions were never meant to offend anyone.
Many of those at Monday night's town hall meeting at New Beginnings Fellowship disagreed.
Virgil Glover, a Gwinnett County resident, came out to the gathering because he felt the test questions presented to students "were in poor taste."
"We have the largest school district in the state, and for this district to do such a thing is an embarrassment," Glover said. "What makes things worse is that the kids who read these test questions were at such an impressionable age."
The teacher, Rivera, said in a letter to administration that the homework was an attempt to combine subject areas. The third-grade class at the time was studying famous Americans and had been reading about Frederick Douglass, a former slave.
Dubose said Monday that the NAACP plans to hold another similar town hall type meeting on March 5 in order to discuss an action plan "for those who believe that Gwinnett County should move out of the 1950s and into 2012."