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White Privileged 'History' With Some Supremacy Thrown In: Slaves Called 'Immigrant Workers' in History Textbook

You would expect this type of nonsense in a history book published by the Tea Party or the Koch Brothers — But a major publisher like McGraw-Hill?  This is what happens when supremacists maintain control of textbook publishing.

According to McGraw-Hill, these were mere "immigrant workers."   And we're supposed to believe this was a mere "oversight." Maybe they should have read my textbook
According to McGraw-Hill, these were mere "immigrant workers." 
And we're supposed to believe this was a mere "oversight."
Maybe they should have read my textbook

By Melonyce McAfee
Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill will rewrite a section in one of its books after a Houston-area mother complained that it whitewashes the role of slavery in bringing Africans to America.

Roni Dean-Burren took to Facebook last week to vent her frustration over the wording of a passage in her son's "World Geography" textbook that calls African slaves "workers" and "immigrants."

"The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers ... notice the nuanced language there. Workers implies wages ... yes?" she wrote.

Dean-Burren's post gathered a lot of attention; a subsequent video sparked spirited feedback and had drawn 1.4 million page views on Facebook as of Sunday.

McGraw-Hill heard the outcry, reviewed the section and concluded that the wording doesn't live up to the publisher's standards.

"We believe we can do better," McGraw-Hill posted on its Facebook page Friday. "To communicate these facts more clearly, we will update this caption to describe the arrival of African slaves in the U.S. as a forced migration and emphasize that their work was done as slave labor."

The edits will appear in the online version of the book immediately and will be included in the book's next printing.

"This is change people!!! This is why your voices matter!!!" Dean-Burren posted on Facebook.

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