Texas mom, Roni Dean-Burren, a PhD candidate, specializing in education curriculum, is calling out textbook publisher McGraw-Hill for whitewashing slavery in their textbooks. Her 9th grade son first saw the troubling statement that caught her attention in his 9th grade geography textbook, ABC-13 reports.
The textbook writes that the Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers from Africa to the Americas. Dean-Burren posted the image of the textbook on Facebook with the caption"The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers...notice the nuanced language there. Workers implies wages...yes?" She then posted a video of the textbook that went viral and caught the attention of textbook publisher McGraw-Hill.
While Dean-Burren is happy for the change, it is not enough and is only the beginning.
"A lot of schools don't use digital versions, and we know this textbook is going to sit in schools eight to ten years," she said.
"I want to see how they treat the history of native Americans, women's history," she said. "All of these stories, I'm really wondering how they're being told in history. This is the first step. What does the U.S. history book look like?"
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