Activists and educators protested outside a Texas State Board of Education meeting Tuesday over a controversial textbook about Mexican-American history.
The board is considering the textbook, titled "Mexican American Heritage," for use in the 2017-2018 school year. Protesters said the book is filled with inaccurate claims and promotes offensive stereotypes.
Democrats, who are outnumbered 10-5 on the board, pushed unsuccessfully two years ago to create a full Mexican-American studies program. Instead, publishers were asked to submit textbooks on a variety of ethnic studies topics that the board could consider for use.
"Mexican-American Heritage," which was submitted by Virginia-based publisher Momentum Instruction, is the first Mexican-American history book being considered for adoption.
The book is now being decried as racist and inaccurate by many of the same advocates who had wanted a broader Mexican-American studies course.
"They depict the Mexican-American community in stereotypical terms, as lazy, as threats to American society. It's not only disturbing for me as a historian but I find it very offensive that they should be speaking so carelessly," Emilio Zamora, a University of Texas Professor of History, told NBC affiliate KXAN.
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The education board will vote in November on whether to approve the "Mexican American Heritage" textbook. State schools are not required to use state board-sanctioned classroom materials.