george washington

george washington

A new children’s book has gone viral after depicting enslaved Africans as ‘happy and joyful’ folks serving their masters according to Atlanta Black Star reports:

A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and Vanessa Brantly-Newton is the story of Hercules, the President’s head chef, as he attempts to bake Washington a cake for his birthday celebration. The story, as told by Hercules’ daughter Delia, takes a turn for the worse as Hercules discovers there is no sugar in the cupboard.

This story, told in the voice of Delia, Hercules’s young daughter, is based on real events and underscores the loving exchange between a very determined father and his eager daughter, who are faced with an unspoken, bittersweet reality. No matter how delicious the president’s cake turns out to be, Delia and Papa don’t have the seethes of freedom.

Hercules was not in fact a “happy or joyful” enslaved person, he actually escaped to freedom on February 22, 1797 – Washington’s 65th birthday – which the president celebrated in Philadelphia. According to a diary entry of Louis-Philippe, the future king of the French.

The contents of the book became viral on Facebook as educators and parents criticized the revisionist history. Teaching for Change posted on their Facebook page.

They’re trying to brainwash the babies into thinking slavery was cool. Like it wasn’t inhumane, wrong or brutal. There is no such thing as a ‘happy slave’. The saga continues!

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