An Open Letter to McGraw-Hill

So, Facebook is the devil. I've said this before and I would be remiss to not mention it again. If you need to be somewhat productive, opening a tab to simply "check your notifications" will jack your morale alllllll the way up. Just. Don't. Do. It.

Today's post isn't about the ratchetness - well, sort of. Let's just say a well-known textbook publisher pissed me off. Royally.

McGraw-Hill, the textbook publishing conglomerate, decided that slavery has been misunderstood. Apparently, we've been making a bigger deal out of it than we should've. African slaves were simply immigrant workers.

Pause. Breathe, in and out. Pause.

Dramatic pause.

Instead of flipping my top, and because McGraw-Hill offered up an apology and made refinements to the chapter, I've decided to pen a, frank, letter to the publishing house.


Dear McGraw-Hill and its prominent advisors,

"Upset" isn't the appropriate term to describe my emotions towards your recent oversight. To see your, once, prestigious company handle my ancestor's struggle with such disdain disgusted me, to be honest. So much so that I no longer hold you and your trusted advisors in high regard, and can't bring myself to entrust that you would retell the rest of American history accurately.

Instead of reducing the anguish of black Americans in this country to immigration, indentured servitude and a slew of misunderstandings, maybe it would be more beneficial to connect America's dark past to it's dark present? Not sure if you're aware, and after evaluating your recent antics I'm pretty positive you aren't, but black Americans are still suffering from the effects of the movement that you casually tried to dismiss. I'll spare you the gruesome details, but if you ever find that you have some downtime, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

You see, in 2015 black Americans are marching, protesting and being murdered for taking a stand against discrimination and senseless killings of other black Americans - as a direct reflection of how much the Atlantic Slave Trade destroyed the morale and self image of future blacks.

Erasing history to reinforce a positive image of your ancestors, in turn, disrespected mine. Publishing a watered down version of the truth in order to benefit the "majority" is oppressive. And while I understand that "racist" is the last thing that white Americans want to be known for being, "oppressor" is just as bad - if not worse.

Sincerely,

*Another Angry Black Woman*