A Las Vegas history teacher, Tierra Espy, recently visited Target.
She bought a magnetic activity book focused on iconic Civil Rights leaders.
However, according to CNN, Target pulled the item off shelves after she pointed out inaccuracies like misidentifying photos and names of the Civil Rights leaders.
What Did The Book At Target Mix Up?
The book had mixed up the images and names of:
- W.E.B. Du Bois, an activist, sociologist, author, and historian
- Carter G. Woodson, a pioneer in African-American history
- Booker T. Washington, an intellectual and educator who was the first president of Tuskegee University
Target released a statement on Friday.
“[We] will no longer be selling this product in stores or online. We’ve also ensured the product’s publisher is aware of the errors.”
Target’s blunder isn’t the first time something like this has happened.
Last year, Simone Biles called out the Wall Street Journal for publishing an article about her but with a different Black gymnast.
Espy revealed that the Civil Rights Leaders book was at Target’s Dollar Spot selection, where most items range from $1 to $5.
She spotted the mistakes when she opened the book to put its magnets on her fridge for her kids.
“As soon as I saw the mistake I’m like, ‘Oh no, I can’t put this up.’ They’re expecting us not to notice the mistakes, and it’s heartbreaking as somebody who knows the mistakes and has seen it.”
Espy’s post went viral, getting nearly 900,000 views.
“These need to be pulled off the shelf.”
Target hasn’t responded directly to Espy, but she’s glad it pulled the book from shelves quickly.
“I’m a teacher. If you don’t know something, I can’t blame you for what you don’t know.”