Educational publisher McGraw-Hill said it will revise and reprint a geography textbook that refers to African slaves in America as "immigrants" and "workers," after a complaint by the mother of a Texas high school freshman, reports KTRK-TV.
Roni Dean-Burren of Pearland, Texas, posted on Facebook a picture of a section of the textbook "World Geography" that her son, Coby Burren, had sent to her via a text message. The picture shows a graphic about immigration patterns with the text "The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations."
"The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers...notice the nuanced language there," Dean-Burren wrote. "Workers implies wages...yes?"