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Minneapolis Board Calls Books Culturally Offensive
Minneapolis school board members are demanding an apology and a $1.2 million refund from a Utah-based publisher of educational books after a community backlash against what some called racial and cultural stereotypes in the material.
The books from Reading Horizons include a story about a black girl called "Lazy Lucy" and a stereotyped illustration of an American Indian girl in a book called "Nieko the Hunting Girl." Administrators say they didn't fully vet the material before buying the books.
A Reading Horizons representative said the company is overhauling its teaching material to be more culturally sensitive.
Vol. 35, Issue 04, Page 5Published in Print: September 16, 2015, as Minneapolis Board Calls Books Culturally Offensive