In today’s “this is what they think of you” news, Minneapolis residents are upset after discovering that the supplemental reading material for children was rife with stereotypes.
The books were created by Reading Horizons and the Minneapolis school board paid $1.2 million for the reading materials. But the books not only have a Black character named ‘Lazy Lucy’, but also states that Christopher Columbus, discovered America and has a photo of an American Indian girl named “Nieko the Hunting Girl.”
The school district is now requesting a refund.
“Reading Horizons needs to step up to the table,” Board Member Carla Bates said during a school board meeting Tuesday, the Star Tribune reports.
“I want them to bring me a check, bring you a check, bring the taxpayers of Minneapolis a check.” Bates added.
Laura Axtell, Reading Horizons’ curriculum implementation coordinator, says the company has never received complaints about the books.
“We have not received feedback like this in the past. Nobody has complained,” Axtell said. “That doesn’t matter to us, because as soon as we became aware of the concerns in Minneapolis, we took action.”
Image Credits: The Star Tribune