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Textbook Publisher Apologizes For Calling Slaves 'Immigrants'

McGraw-Hill has agreed to modify their textbook after a parent complained.

As if Texas textbooks aren't bad enough, McGraw-Hill decided to characterize slavery as immigration. It wasn't until a parent complained loudly and posted a video on YouTube complaining.

Book publishing giant McGraw-Hill is saying it will rewrite a textbook after a Pearland mother voiced concerns on YouTube about the portrayal of slaves as immigrant "workers" in her son's school book.

In the video, Texas mom Roni Dean-Burren calls out the textbook, "World Geography."

Dean-Burren pointed viewers to a section called "Patterns of Immigration." Reading from the book, she notes the inclusion of slaves as immigrants.

"'Immigrants,' yeah, that word matters," Dean-Burren said, "(Reading from the text) '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. So (slavery) is now considered 'immigration'."

Dean-Burren continues, "So they say that about English and European people, but there is no mention of Africans working as slaves or being slaves. It just says we were workers."

Apparently the Texas School Board signed off on the book before its publication, which should surprise no one.


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