Posted on April 20, 2022

Michelle Obama’s Brother Sues School That ‘Expelled Sons for Complaining of Racial Bias’

Isabel Keane, Metro, April 19, 2022

Michelle Obama’s brother and his wife, Craig and Kelly Robinson, are suing the private school their children attended, claiming their sons were kicked out in retaliation for their complaints about racial bias at the academy.

The Robinsons brought the action against the University School of Milwaukee on Monday, claiming their two young sons were expelled last year after the parents raised concerns about bias in the curriculum and mistreatment of students of color, they said during an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday.


‘The use of the word “plantation” and things of that nature,’ Robinson said. ‘In addition to the racial and ethnic stereotypes, there was an insensitivity to socioeconomic status and as well as a disregard for the children who weren’t physically in the classroom​.’

According to the complaint, the Robinson’s sons started junior kindergarten and first grade at the private school in 2016 and attended until the school dismissed them in spring 2021, when they were 9 and 11 years old.

The Robinsons said they first noticed issues with the curriculum during the pandemic, and brought their concerns to the staff in November of 2020.

They first noted worksheets and projects that were offensive to people of color, people with disabilities, indigenous people and other minority groups.

Then in January and March of 2021, Kelly Robinson submitted two separate bias reports to the school regarding the classwork her sons were completing that had ‘socioeconomic insensitivities.’ {snip}


The school claims the Robinson children were expelled because the family did not fulfill the ‘foregoing commitments as a partner to USM and its Middle School teachers and administrators.’