Texas educators propose slavery be taught as ‘involuntary relocation’

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from New York Post,

Second-grade classes in Texas would use the term “involuntary relocation” to describe slavery under a new proposed social studies standard — leading to objections from education experts.

A group of nine educators advised the Texas State Board of Education to make the change as the Lone Star State develops new curriculum for students in its roughly 8,800 public schools, which occurs about once a decade, the Texas Tribune reported Thursday.

The board — with unanimous consent — directed the work group to revisit that specific language,” Texas State Board of Education chair Keven Ellis told the Tribune in a statement

Board member Aicha Davis, a Democrat representing Dallas and Fort Worth, insists the proposed language is not a “fair representation” of the history of slavery in America.

“I can’t say what their intention was, but that’s not going to be acceptable,” Davis told the Tribune Thursday.

Part of the proposed curriculum suggests students should “compare journeys to America, including voluntary Irish immigration and involuntary relocation of African people during colonial times,” according to a draft obtained by the outlet.

That sparked a call for revision by the state board, which suggested a careful examination of the language used, “specifically the term ‘involuntary relocation,’” the Tribune reported.

“Here we go with another attempt to whitewash the truth,” Jackie Anderson told the station. “There is no way that slavery could actually be called involuntary relocation and get the same meaning as what true slavery is.”

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