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Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill has promised to revise content from one
of its World Geography books after a mom in Houston voiced complaints about the
inaccuracy of its content.
Roni Dean-Burren's 9th-grade son Coby spotted the error in a section called "Patterns of Immigration." The geography book states that the Atlantic slave trade brought millions of "workers" from Africa to this country.
After examining the geography book for herself Dean-Burren shared her outrage in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.
"The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers ... notice
the nuanced language there. Workers implies wages ... yes?" Dean-Burren
wrote on Facebook.
According to CNN, when her post gained widespread attention, Dean-Burren followed up by posting a video
on Facebook, further explaining her stance that the publishing company had
intentionally erased the true context of historical events. The video has been
viewed more than 1.6 million times as of Monday morning.
"We believe we can do better," McGraw-Hill posted on its
Facebook page Friday. "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."
On the McGraw-Hill Facebook page. one commenter wrote:
"Thanks for the gesture, but that doesn't help the school
districts that can't afford to purchase new textbooks!" reads one comment
on McGraw-Hill's Facebook post. "Kids will continue to read the same
incorrect and inconsiderate information for probably the next 5–10 years! There
must be a better way!"