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Michael Obama’s brother and sister-in-law sue USM over kids’ expulsion

Michelle Obama's brother and his wife
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Craig Robinson, brother of former US First Lady Michelle Obama, and his wife, Kelly, appeared on Good Morning America on Monday, April 18. During the interview, they discussed their lawsuit against the University School of Milwaukee.

The two claimed that the school used racial bias in their online classes. They also claimed that UMS expelled their two sons from the school after they complained about racial bias. Furthermore, Craig and Kelly Robinson claimed that the school was unconcerned about the socioeconomic status of certain students.

Robinson told GMA:

“We’re moving forward with this for a couple of reasons. We want to hold University School of Milwaukee accountable not just to our two children who they retaliated against, but more importantly, there’s a whole community of people who are out there that we wouldn’t feel right if this happened moving forward.”

What is known about Michelle Obama’s elder brother, Craig Robinson?

Craig Robinson (60), a former Ivy League basketball player, is the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Executive Director (NABC). Robinson accepted the position in 2020, according to his profile in the organization’s database.

He was a successful basketball administrator and former Division I head coach prior to joining the NABC. In fact, following his extensive career as a college basketball player, he has coached many basketball teams.

According to NABC, the Illinois native also served as the “Vice President of Player Development and Minor League Operations for the NBA’s New York Knicks.” The former Ivy league basketball player held a similar position at Milwaukee Bucks between 2016 and 2017.

Craig Robinson attended Princeton University after growing up in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. During his time at the university, Robinson was named conference Player of the Year twice, in 1979 and 1983. He earned a https://www.sportskeeda.com/pop-culture/what-honorary-doctorate-taylor-swift-set-receive-nyu-degree-give-commencement-ceremony-speech Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Princeton before enrolling in the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business for his MBA in Finance.

Robinson has received a lot of praise for his accomplishments, and his younger sister, Michelle Obama, has repeatedly expressed her appreciation for him. Michelle Obama expressed her affection for him in her 2018 memoir, Becoming, writing:

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“You have been my protector since the day I was born. You have made me laugh more than any other person on this earth. You are the best brother a sister could ask for, a loving and caring son, husband, and father.”

Craig Robinson and his first wife, Janis Robinson, have two children, Avery and Leslie. He married Kelly in 2006, and they have two sons, Austin and Aaron.

Kelly and Craig Robinson’s lawsuit against the University School of Milwaukee

The Robinsons explained on their lawsuit website that USM engaged in “repeated use of racial and ethnic stereotypes” during the online classes during the pandemic. Craig and Kelly Robinson claim to have found discrepancies in some assignments. Furthermore, they stated,

“We also witnessed a disregard for children who were not physically present in class and an apparent insensitivity to socioeconomic status – an issue that was put in stark relief during the pandemic.”

The couple decided to sue the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee only after their sons were expelled due to their concerns. According to the website, the independent preparatory school provided no explanation for their sons’ expulsion. As a result, they had no choice but to take the dispute to court.

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