I, along with many other educators, have used the words “slaves” and “slave-owner” for many years when teaching history.
Over the past year, I’ve begun using the words “enslaved person” or “enslaved people,” instead.
However, until hearing Nikole Hannah-Jones talk on NPR yesterday I hadn’t though of changing “slave-owner” to “enslaver” – though I should have.
I’m adding this post to New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work.
Interesting point, I was always wondering about the roots of this change in terminology.