This is yet another attempt by a textbook publisher to obfuscate the harshness of reality, or at worst it is institutionalized revisionist history. Referring to kidnapped Africans, brought here in chains and sold like farm animals to work in fields and on plantations as slave labor, as “workers” offensively diminishes the incalculable suffering of millions of human beings–while serving to minimize the atrocities committed by their captors. Teach children the pure, unadulterated truth, in every possible way, so that we can endeavor to learn and evolve as a human species on this planet.
Mc Graw-Hill was caught.
A Texas mom shocked that her son’s textbook merely called African slaves “workers” is thrilled that publisher McGraw-Hill has promised revisions. But changing a single caption is hardly enough to combat what some educational experts call a wave of ideologically-fueled school standards that downplay the role of race and slavery in shaping America today.
Roni Dean-Burren was horrified when her son sent her a snapchat of his McGraw-Hill World Geography textbook, an edition created especially for Texas’ new state standards adopted in 2010. Opening up to a graphic titled “Patterns of Immigration,” he snapped a photo of the map’s caption. The caption reads:
Examining his book more closely, Ms. Dean-Burren realized that although European indentured servants are described as working for “little or no pay,” there was no further mention of black slaves; their presence is simply portrayed as part of “immigration.”