The questionable contents of a high school textbook have been are now being revised thanks to the fearless persistence of one concerned Black mother.
Roni Dean-Burren of Houston, whose 15-year-old son is a freshman at Pearland High School, spoke up when she noticed that her son’s World Geography textbook contained language inaccurately referring to slaves as “workers.” Specifically, any mention of slavery was actually omitted from the book and replaced with a section titled “patterns of immigration,” where Africans were said to have been brought to America as “workers” rather than slaves, according to The Grio.
Upon noticing the seemingly intentional error, Dean-Burren created a YouTube video calling out publishing giant McGraw-Hill and briefly pointing out the vast difference between slavery and immigration. You can view her video below.
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
In light of her video, McGraw-Hill posted this message to their Facebook page, promising to revise the textbook and “do better.”
This week, we became aware of a concern regarding a caption reference to slavery on a map in one of our world geography…
This mother and her son should certainly be applauded for their diligence that brought about this change and lead this billion dollar company to publicly take responsibility for their poor choice in wording. They may very well have changed the way millions of children are educated about the role slavery played in U.S. history moving forward.