Texas Mom Calls Out Textbook Company for Calling Slavery ‘Immigration’ and Slaves ‘Workers’

Roni Dean-Burren posted a YouTube video challenging publisher McGraw-Hill after learning that her son’s World Geography textbook referred to the trans-Atlantic slave trade as “immigration” and slaves as “workers.” 

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Texas mom Roni Dean-Burren took to YouTube to call out book publishing giant McGraw-Hill after she opened her son’s World Geography textbook and noticed a slight change in history, ABC 13 reports.

In the section titled, “Patterns of Immigration,” Dean-Burren noticed that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was considered immigration and that slaves were referred to as workers.  

” ‘Immigrants,’ yeah, that word matters,” Dean-Burren said in her YouTube video.  

” ‘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. “So [slavery] is now considered ‘immigration.'”

She also noted that in another section of the book, it clearly states that many European immigrants were indentured servants who worked “for little or no pay.”

“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,” she said.

Dean-Burren pointed out “several professional consultants and the Texas Advisory Board are listed in the front of the book, and supposedly signed off on the book’s text,” ABC 13 reports.

The Texas mom’s voice was heard; McGraw-Hill took to its Facebook page to acknowledge the mistake, adding that it would fix it in the digital version and the next print run of the book.

“This is change people!!!” Dean-Burren wrote on her own Facebook page after seeing McGraw-Hill’s decision.

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