Texan mom wins fight against textbook that ‘erased’ slavery

Texan mom wins fight against textbook that 'erased' slaveryA 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:

The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and the 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.
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.”

“Erasure is real y’all!!! Teach your children the truth!!!” she commented alongside a video of the textbook, which has already been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Facebook.

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4 Responses to Texan mom wins fight against textbook that ‘erased’ slavery

  1. Ametia says:

    Kudos to you, Ms. Roni Dean-Burren! Slavery as Immigrants my black ass!

    We are responsible for ensuring that our history gets WRITTEN, PUBLISHED, TOLD, and PRESERVED.

    Just like the Daily Beast writer who glossed over the white female doctor’s dying in a CRACK HOUSE, only she called it a “HIGH SOCIETY APARTMENT.” SMGDH @ this fuckery.

  2. vitaminlover says:

    This is why knowing your true history is so important. So many times black slaves and former slaves passed their history down by word of mouth. It is also good to get it in the writings of our elders.

  3. McGraw Hill Publishing caught ‘erasing’ slavery. But a Texas Mom won the fight. The history of slavery & all of its cruelty and ugliness will not be ERASED.

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