Brother and sister-in-law of Michelle Obama files suit against school for ‘racial bias’

Michelle Obama made headlines this week, but not for anything of her doing. This time, the news was with regard to her brother and sister-in-law, who just entered into a legal battle with the former school that their children attended.

Kelly and Craig Robinson revealed during a recent Good Morning America interview that they’ve filed suit against the University School of Milwaukee, which has grade levels from pre-kindergarten through high school, over what they alleged is racial bias, The Hill reports.

Craig Robinson explained why the couple came to the decision to take legal action against the school, saying, “We heard what was going on in the classroom because of COVID, and there were repeated use of racial and ethnic stereotypes that were in actual assignments.”

He added that some examples included “the use of the word plantation,” “an insensitivity to socio-economic status” and “a disregard for the children who weren’t physically in the classroom.”

To justify their lawsuit, presumably, Kelly Robinson brought up a 10-year-old incident that happened at the school.

“Just as recent as 10 years ago, the University School of Milwaukee had in their fourth grade curriculum that students reenacted the Underground Railroad, and students dressed up as slaves and ran through the school in the dark, and the teachers were actually the slave masters who captured these students,” she explained.

The two alleged that when they brought the issues up to school administrators, they were essentially brushed off. When Kelly Robinson attempted to file a report with a newly-installed “bias incident reporting system,” she was told that the system was out of order.

It’s unclear how much the couple seeks in damages for the alleged “racial bias,” but Steve Hancock, the head of the school, asserted that the school’s lawyers will “vigorously defend the school” from such accusations.