McGraw-Hill calls slaves 'workers', issues apology

One of the largest textbook companies in the world has issued an apology and says it can "do better" after a caption in a high school text book called slaves brought over from Africa, workers.

A Texas mother posted video to Facebook last week that's been seen by almost 2 million people. The problem inside the book is a caption under the chapter titled "Patterns in Immigration".

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

Roni Dean-Burren posted the video that was critical of the publishing company McGraw-Hill. She calls the characterization of slavery in the passage “erasure.”

Here's the video she posted:

Many of you asked about my son's textbook. Here it is. Erasure is real y'all!!! Teach your children the truth!!!#blacklivesmatter

Posted by Roni Dean-Burren on Thursday, October 1, 2015

By Friday, McGraw-Hill had responded to the video. Here's what the publishing giant published on Facebook:

This week, we became aware of a concern regarding a caption reference to slavery on a map in one of our world geography...

Posted by McGraw-Hill Education on Friday, October 2, 2015


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