Texas student calls out geography textbook for referring to slaves as ‘workers’

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin school district is making a change to its World Geography textbooks after a ninth grade student discovered an error.

In an excerpt from the book, “The Atlantic Slave Trade between 1500’s and 1800’s brought millions of workers from Africa to the Southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.”

Student Coby Burren and his mom could not believe the writers of the textbook used the word workers to describe the forced migration of African slaves.

“The implication is that there was some sort of benefit, you know, that they were working and applied for a job,” said Burren’s mother, Roni Burren.

Burren’s mother complained about the statement in a Facebook post and it went viral.

Now the publisher McGraw-Hill is fixing the historical error.

The Austin School District says it will get a digital update of the online content tomorrow. An update for tablets will be ready on the 16th and phones on the 19th.

McGraw-Hill is also issuing stickers to correct the books. They will be available on Nov. 1.

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