If the producers of a Black History Month item were as knowledgeable as a Nevada history teacher, the item would not have been removed from Target’s shelves.
The kit incorrectly labeled three important figures in black history and was able to make its way into stores before Tierra Espy exposed the issues.
Espy brought attention to the flaws in the “Civil Rights Magnetic Learning Activity” kit through a TikTok video, which has received over 97,000 likes.
Using her TikTok handle @issatete, Espy revealed that upon opening the kit, she discovered errors in the magnets representing sociologist and historian W.E.B. Du Bois; educator Booker T. Washington; and historian Carter G. Woodson.
Knowing black history is SO important, even if it's not your own.
Las Vegas HS teacher Tierra Espy posted a video on TikTok revealing that a Civil Rights learning activity from Target, confused W.E.B Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Carter G. Woodson. https://t.co/NIygJnrssh
— Zora Asberry (@ZoraAsberry) February 3, 2024
Woodson’s magnet displayed an image of Du Bois, which was mistakenly labeled as Washington.
Conversely, Washington was erroneously named Woodson on the magnet.
” I don’t know who’s in charge of Target, but these need to be pulled off the shelves, like, immediately,” her video said.
“Idk who needs to correct it but it needs to be pulled off the shelves nontheless. Any person could have missed the mistake but it just takes one person to point it out and ask for corrections,” she posted on TikTok.
“As soon as I saw the mistake I’m like, ‘Oh no, I can’t put this up,’” she said, according to CNN.
“They’re expecting us not to notice the mistakes, and it’s heartbreaking as somebody who knows the mistakes and has seen it,” she said.
“I was not going to let that slide for my 200 students and I was not going to let that slide for my two babies who I am responsible (for) teaching,” she said in a follow-up video posted Thursday.
“Google is free, and like, I caught it in two seconds. They could have caught it by just doing a quick Google search,” she said.
Espy mentioned that neither Target nor the kit’s publisher had contacted her, but she expressed her satisfaction with Target’s decision to remove the product.
“I’m a teacher. If you don’t know something, I can’t blame you for what you don’t know,” Espy said. But if “I give you the information to correct it, then it’s your responsibility.”
In a statement to Fox News a Target representative said, “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.”