WE DIDN’T COME AS WORKERS
It was hard to understand how those people, who looked like me, were singing while happily picking cotton in the hot southern sun.
But my 11th grade U.S. History book, in 1953, had vivid pictures depicting happy dark people and the one paragraph, with however few sentences it had about slavery, made the visual true.
That was my thinking at the age of sixteen.
Why would I have thought the textbooks, teachers, principals, counselors or any of the other “professionals” in charge of my education had a bizarre scheme under their belts?.
Well, they did. And those in charge of educating the children in America still do.
Sixty-two years later, McGraw-Hill, who is probably the same publisher of my old U.S. History book, has been called out for spreading propaganda about slavery.
How do these publishers get away with this kind of misinformation? Where’s a review committee?
“Oops” says McGraw-Hill’s spokesperson.
The 15-year-old Houston teenager who was well enough informed about his heritage to know, when he spotted the questionable passage in his high school geography book, that stated Africans had not been brought to America as “workers,” but had, in truth as he knew it to be, been brought here as slaves.
The teenager, Coby Burren, brought this blatant lie to the attention of his mother and she promptly moved forward to halt the use of McGraw-Hill Education’s textbook.
Good for Mom~
But stopping the use of this example of a flawed presentation of slavery is not taking care of the real problem.
McGraw- Hill apologizes, McGraw- Hill claims to correct the inaccuracies. But McGraw- Hill will still be selling millions of textbooks all across the country and just how much and what kind of misinformation might they still be disseminating?
Oops is not enough.
Let’s call it what it is: McGraw- Hill is the Fox watching the hen house. They can’t be trusted and I know this because I met them, or perhaps it was their counterpart, in my 11th grade US History class in 1953. And here they are still marketing lies and propaganda.
On behalf of the millions of misinformed students in this land of the free and home of the misinformed, the Burren family needs the ACLU!