Wednesday, October 7, 2015

“Slave” and “worker” interchangeable?

 “Slave” and “worker” interchangeable?

McGraw Hill is a publisher of textbooks in the United States.  This publisher seems to have difficulty understanding the difference between “worker” and “slave.”  Or perhaps they think the two words are interchangeable. 

Slave – someone who is legally owned by another person and is forced to work without pay.
Worker – a person who does a particular job to earn money.
Note: above definitions provided by Merriam-Webster.

In a section of a geography textbook issued by McGraw Hill the chapter titled, “Patterns of Immigration,” the following was noticed:
There is an image showing a United States map, and a caption that read:

 “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.”

Huh?  A mother of a student noticed the error and brought it to the publisher’s attention.  The publisher agreed it was an error and will correct subsequent editions.

Months ago McGraw Hill published a textbook confusing “worker” and “slave” again.  Their textbook labeled sex workers (prostitutes) as sex slaves.

On the Comfort Women issue as written McGraw Hill’s textbook titled “Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past.”  The textbook states:

“The Japanese army forcibly recruited, conscripted, and dragooned as many as two hundred thousand women age fourteen to twenty to serve in military brothels, called “comfort houses” or “consolation centers.”

“Once forced into this imperial prostitution service, the ‘comfort women’ catered to between twenty and thirty men each day.”

Here is where logic disproves the above claims.  If 200,000 women were forced to have sex thirty times a day with members of the Japanese Imperial Army that translates to 6,000,000 Japanese soldiers having sex every day.  According to Wikipedia at the height of the Japanese Imperial Army there were just a little over six million men in the service.  So with their whole army sexing it up every day, who was left to fight?  No wonder Japan lost the war, they were too busy recreating a Roman style Caligula orgy in the Pacific.     

This video belongs on the Playlist: “America the Stupid.”

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Report by the Wall Street Journal on McGraw Hill’s textbook in reference to Comfort Women:

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