DALLAS, Texas – A high school geography textbook in Texas gained national attention this week after the mother of a student found a passage describing African slaves as “textile entrepreneurs,” sources reported.
The student’s mother posted a screen shot on Facebook of the passage, which also labeled the slave trade a “study abroad program for ambitious young Africans looking to hone their skills in the production and distribution of agriculture-based commodities.”
Sources say the textbook, What The World Is and What The World Ain’t, is published by Texan Academics Interested in National Textbooks (TAINT), a Dallas-based group that also makes t-shirts, bumper stickers, and remote-controlled fart machines.
And while observers have criticized other TAINT books for calling slaves “titans of 19th century business” and “wealthy forbearers of hip-hop,” the group’s president maintains that the textbook accurately reflects the realities of the Atlantic slave trade.
“These Africans traveled thousands of miles to take advantage of the fertile soil and distribution networks of the American South,” said Ms. N. Formashin, president of TAINT. “Plantations, in a sense, were the original start-ups.”
“The Africans of yesteryear were no different than immigrants today who enter this country to work for Microsoft, Apple, or Google,” said Formashin. “They just preferred to work outdoors.”
This is not the first time a TAINT-published textbook has come under fire for publishing misleading information about American history.
Other TAINT-published books have described entertainer Glenn Beck as “a Founding Father” and labeled global warming “a nasty fiction spread by homosexual meteorologists.”
TAINT, however, remains obstinate in the face of criticism, and still plans to release its latest product, a calculus textbook titled Zero Ain’t A Real Number, Folks later this fall.
John Clark is a wage entrepreneur.
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