Texas Textbooks Caught Glossing Over The Horrors Of Slavery, Because Of Course They Did (VIDEO)

The state of Texas’ textbooks are absolutely the worst. Last year, the state’s school board adopted 89 history and social studies books without bothering to read last-minute changes that had been made — a huge victory for the school board’s heavily-conservative member base. Whether students are learning that scientists don’t agree on what is causing climate change, that Moses is a Founding Father, or that slavery was really just a fun boat ride followed by a wealth of opportunities for Africans to become migrant workers in America, one thing is clear: the state school board has no idea what the f*ck it is doing.

One mother is speaking out about a teensy little problem she discovered in her son’s history book: the Texas curriculum downplays the horrors of slavery so much that enslaved Africans are portrayed as simple migrant workers who came to America to perform manual labor:

To the state of Texas, slavery presented opportunity, it seems, for the people who were packed into slave ships like cattle and involuntarily shipped across the ocean to be brutally forced into manual labor, deprived of rights even to their own bodies. To Texas mother, Roni Dean-Burren, and her son, however, the books present a problem that needs to be solved.

Dean-Burren says she was shocked when she discovered her son’s 9th grade “World Geography” textbook addressed slavery as simply a method of immigration, she decided something needs to be done. On the title page of the “Patterns of Immigration” segment, African slaves are described as being brought to the United States as “workers.”

“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,” Dean-Burren read from the text in a Facebook video. “Immigrants — yeah, that word matters.” In another section of the book, it is explained that English and European people were brought over as “indentured servants.”

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

The mother’s anger prompted McGraw-Hill, the textbook’s publisher, to conduct a “close review” of the content, and to determine that they can “do better” in presenting the horrors of slavery as more than a means of immigration to the United States.

“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,” the publisher notes in a Facebook post. “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.”


The publisher promises to “communicate these facts more clearly” in future print editions of the books, and in the digital version immediately, but there is no guarantee that Texas schools will purchase the updated texts. The company did not offer to replace the books that have already been issued. In addition, McGraw-Hill made no commitment to truly outlining the horrors of slavery — only to “convey that Africans were both forced into migration and to labor against their will as slaves,” and to “emphasize that their work was done as slave labor.”

Naturally, stupid white people are furious that the textbooks will be fixed — sort of — in the future:

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While McGraw-Hill pretends it just became aware of this gross misrepresentation of slavery, a report last year found that slavery was being downplayed in the new textbooks, and the publisher failed to fix the issues then. It was not until public outcry prompted by this mother’s revelation that McGraw-Hill realized its bottom line would be affected by this disgusting whitewashing of the history of slavery.

Watch a report on this horrific misrepresentation of slavery, below:

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