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If you stand for nothing, you fall for anything, and Roni Dean-Burren wasn’t going to stand for her ninth-grade son taking in erroneous information in his history book.

The mom vented on Instagram about a misleading interpretation of history in World Geography by McGraw-Hill Education, according to Buzzfeed. A passage in the textbook, “Patterns of Immigration,” got history all wrong:

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.

She explained further in a Facebook video that the book edition mentions Europeans being immigrants, but it makes no mention of Africans entering North America as slaves. The video has since been viewed over one million times.

Due to the backlash, the publisher said in a statement that it would make a change in its next edition:

We conducted a close review of the content and agree that our language in that caption did not adequately convey that Africans were both forced into migration and to labor against their will as slaves.

We believe we can do better. 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. These changes will be reflected in the digital version of the program immediately and will be included in the program’s next print run.

Dean-Burren wrote that she’s happy the book publisher decided to make the change, all while thanking her son for noticing the egregious error.

SOURCE: Buzzfeed, Facebook | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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5 thoughts on “Mom Slams Textbook Publisher For Calling Slaves ‘Workers’ and ‘Immigrants’

  1. knowledge on said:

    They have been changing the truth about history from the beginning to benefit them and make them look like innocent ppl. If truth be told they are the world’s greatest oppressor. Just do ur research.

  2. psnthersdec on said:

    Glad to know she got a son who knew the difference and they say black folks don’t read. Glad she called out those so called PhD when means Phony Home Diplomas. They are trying to wipe out our history the same way that Santa Domingo, Jamaica and Europe, Puerto Rico wiped out black folks history.

  3. White America is trying to distort the truth about slavery because of guilt and fear! Black parents and black people period need to read about their history. Read books regarding this issue in places such as Barber Shops, After School Programs, etc.

  4. Roni Dean-Burren was correct in challenging this publisher to his white-washed version of Amerykah’s history!!!!

    If you are going to tell a story-tell it correctly-TELL THE DAM TRUTH!!!!!
    if she really wants her child to know what SLAVERY was really all about-check out a copy of “Before the Mayflower”–this book is AWESOME reading and will never be allowed to be read in public schools because it tells it like it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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