The publisher of a standardized test preparation book has apologized for a section in one of their guides that compares
Barron's Educational Series Inc. said it would stop shipping copies of the seventh edition of "Barron's AP European History" and destroy remaining inventory, reports the Washington Post. In a statement posted on Twitter, the publisher apologized for the comparison, and blamed it on a formatting error.
"It was never our intention to malign Justice Thomas, nor to become embroiled in the right vs. left politics of the day," the company said.
The passage, part of a chart that defines political ideologies, was first pointed out by the Daily Caller, a conservative news site. Eric Owens, the site's education editor, criticized the chart as "convoluted yet crudely, embarrassingly simplified."
"The definitions the authors use for the middle parts of their political spectrum ('leftist,' 'liberal,' 'moderate,' 'conservative' and 'right wing') are dubious," Owens wrote, noting that the book defines "conservative" as "those against change/most Republicans."
Those angered by the comparison have taken to the book's Amazon page, where it is still available for purchase. The book now has 20 one-star ratings from people who call it "garbage liberal propaganda" and a "horrid, racist attempt at indoctrination."