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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed one of his party's top legislative priorities into law: a bill aimed at stopping teachers from talking about racism and any current events that may be contentious.

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For a place where it snows only rarely, Texas sure is heavy in the snowflake department.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-06-16 12:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Republicants are cowards.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-06-16 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For many of these people their only accomplishment in life is being white.

Take that away from them and they're forced to examine what losers they are.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2021-06-16 02:09 PM | Reply

Lord forbid our children should understand what is going on all around them on a continuous basis.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-06-16 02:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's Texas.

They don't need school to learn about racism.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-06-16 02:24 PM | Reply

I'm on the road right now and can't open up and read everything like I want to but does this bill ban a discussion about racism for high schoolers in some class that could easily cover the subject?

In other words, does this bill address making a distinction between kindergartners and high school seniors?

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2021-06-16 02:44 PM | Reply

-The legislation, supported by virtually every GOP state legislator, states that social studies teachers in public K-12 schools "may not be compelled" to talk about current events or public policy or social issues considered controversial. If they do talk about such things, they are required to present the issue "without giving deference to any one perspective."

Prior to this bill, what was the standard? What were teachers compelled to do or prohibited from doing?

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2021-06-16 02:46 PM | Reply

Wonder if an armed insurrection is considered "controversial". Or long division.

#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-06-16 07:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why this new law could have repercussions beyond Texas:

Conservative activists in Texas have shaped the history all American children learn

Their activism reshaped the content of history textbooks, producing a heroic, skewed narrative

Oct. 19, 2020
President Trump wants more "patriotic" American history curriculums. He's not the first to try. Americans have long been anxious over what schools teach, and this has produced fierce ideological battles over what fills textbooks.

Many Americans believe students directly absorb whatever is written in their textbooks. That makes the stakes over what gets into these books on science, health or history immensely high " an entire generation of Americans stands to be indoctrinated. That perspective, at least, has been the sense of conservative activists in Texas, who for decades have campaigned for more "patriotic" books to ensure the next generation of voters receive, as they see it, the right message.

Since the late 1960s, these activists have become increasingly adept at shaping the character of school history texts. Because of the size of Texas' textbook market, their activism influenced what was taught to all American children. For publishers, it was not economically viable to write one book to appease campaigners in Texas and a different version to sell elsewhere. The result: Students across the country got books that told U.S. history from the perspective of a small group of White, God-fearing, conservative Texans. Over 20 years, textbook activists shifted the meaning of "patriotic history" from a postwar liberal consensus to a right-wing, colorblind, heteronormative, nationalist retelling of the American story--one that persists today.


www.washingtonpost.com

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-06-16 09:13 PM | Reply

Why do Republicans always look to the government to solve their problems?

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-06-17 03:26 AM | Reply

Texas teachers should just
explain to their classes that
Republicans in TX are racist
and afraid.

End of lesson.

#11 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-06-17 05:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

...of course,
this lesson could
be repeated in
every Republican state
in the union.

#12 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-06-17 05:26 AM | Reply

White Nationalists have apparently totally taken over the Republican Party in Texas. White Nationalists just can't stand the truth so they forbid it. Nazis, in Germany, did the exact same things. Why do Texans want to emulate Nazis? That is the question.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-17 07:41 AM | Reply

You would think they would be working on their pitiful power grid, but racists gotta racist.

#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-06-17 07:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We have had a history, in the South, of laws that outlawed teaching blacks to read, that rewrote the actual history of Jim Crow and even Slavery. I had to read that history when I was 13 years old, living in Mississippi. I was already well enough educated to reject the lies we were taught but my classmates were not. I was able to because I was a military brat who had lived in many other states and had been taught by my Mother who was a "died in the wool Democrat" who had watched with her own eyes the transformation of our nation under FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK & LBJ.
Today, we have such a large portion of our population that did not witness that and who have been brainwashed by right wing media for 40 years that even things like White Nationalism and Nazism are becoming acceptable ideas to them.
When Ronald ------- Reagan cancelled the Fairness Doctrine he put our nation on a path to autocracy, persecution of minorities, destruction of labor unions, etc.
Until we reverse course on EVERYTHING Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2, and Trump put into place we will never recover.
That is why I do support packing the Supreme Court and returning our nation to sanity and if that means a new Fairness Doctrine, even applicable to the likes of Fox News then that is what we need to do.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-17 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

White Nationalists have apparently totally taken over the Republican Party in Texas.

It's not limited to Texas.

#16 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-06-17 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wonder if an armed insurrection is considered "controversial". Or long division.
#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

Rs definitely consider arithmetic controversial. Anyone who believes in arithmetic wouldn't buy their line that you can cut taxes, increase spending, and balance the budget.

#17 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-06-17 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While California focuses on economic recovery.

Texas focuses on eliminating American slavery from history books.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-06-17 12:47 PM | Reply

How they gonna enforce this thing? Let's have a trial...
--The ghost of Clarence Darrow

#19 | Posted by catdog at 2021-06-17 06:16 PM | Reply

This is essentially what Morgan Freeman said to do. "Stop talking about it"

#20 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-17 08:45 PM | Reply

youtu.be

Here ya go

#21 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-17 08:48 PM | Reply

Perhaps Morgan Freeman's comments have been edited and obviously shortened to fit your desired affect but to have even had a youtube video readily available, as you apparently did, indicates a very deep streak of racism on your part.
Being silent about racism is a concept only racists support.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-18 09:29 AM | Reply

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Seriously? You're going with that? His comments were edited?

Do you really believe that?

#23 | Posted by eberly at 2021-06-18 09:39 AM | Reply

You're bringing up a 2005 interview with Morgan Freeman? From a different time, place, and context to rationalize these abhorrent actions of Republicans? You're really trying to equate Freeman's comment with the cancelling of the white-washing of our history as a Nation?

Good lord, you are making Freeman's argument even more clear, and in doing so showing how unacceptable the erasure culture of the GOP is.

WALLACE: Black History Month, you find ...
FREEMAN: Ridiculous.
WALLACE: Why?
FREEMAN: You're going to relegate my history to a month?
WALLACE: Come on.
FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.
WALLACE: I'm Jewish.
FREEMAN: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?
WALLACE: There isn't one.
FREEMAN: Why not? Do you want one?
WALLACE: No, no.
FREEMAN: I don't either. I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until ... ?
(This is an entirely different question, if you can't figure that out)
FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You're not going to say, "I know this white guy named Mike Wallace." Hear what I'm saying?
www.snopes.com

#24 | Posted by YAV at 2021-06-18 09:59 AM | Reply

This is essentially what Morgan Freeman said to do. "Stop talking about it"

#20 | Posted by BellRinger

That's also what he said about dating his granddaughter.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-06-18 04:34 PM | Reply

Good lord, you are making Freeman's argument even more clear, and in doing so showing how unacceptable the erasure culture of the GOP is.

#24 | POSTED BY YAV AT 2021-06-18 09:59 AM | FLAG:

Baloney. Freeman said stop talking about it. I didn't catch the part where he came back 16 years later and said "I was wrong, we need to start talking about it again"

HE said he doesn't want to be identified as a black man
He said he doesn't want a black history month

Why? because he identifies as an American and black history is American history.

Would you like a racist white person talking private with your children about racism? I sure as hell wouldn't. That's not a subject I want a school teacher (or anyone else), whose ideology I don't fully understand discussing with my child - especially when I'm not around to hear it. Same with religion etc... Children are impressionable with authority figures.

You're simply braindead because of the party you've affiliated yourself with and can't think for yourself.

#26 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-18 06:01 PM | Reply

You're simply braindead because of the party you've affiliated yourself with and can't think for yourself.

#26 | Posted by BellRinger

Yeah your party is such individual thinkers. You just all HAPPENED to start using the words "critical race theory" at the same time. It's not because your mindless pawns parroting the propaganda you all swallow every day. Nope. You independent thinkers all started using those words independently of each other. Yup. Totally.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-06-18 06:19 PM | Reply

FREEMAN: You're going to relegate my history to a month?

Republicans: We're going to ban teaching it completely! Uppity Negro, No Month For You.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-18 06:20 PM | Reply

Yeah your party is such individual thinkers. You just all HAPPENED to start using the words "critical race theory" at the same time. It's not because your mindless pawns parroting the propaganda you all swallow every day. Nope. You independent thinkers all started using those words independently of each other. Yup. Totally.

#27 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2021-06-18 06:19 PM | REPLY

I don't have a party, dipschitt. But by all means continue to drivil all over the thread.

#29 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-18 08:46 PM | Reply

Republicans: We're going to ban teaching it completely! Uppity Negro, No Month For You.

#28 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-06-18 06:20 PM | REPLY

THat wasn't the RNC, that was Morgan Freeman's request, schittbag.

#30 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-18 08:47 PM | Reply

Republicans: We're going to ban teaching it completely! Uppity Negro, No Month For You.

Exactly. Belringer doesn't get he destroyed his own argument and undercut the entire GOP's tactic.

Pretty awesome job, actually.

#31 | Posted by YAV at 2021-06-18 09:18 PM | Reply

"I don't have a party"

^
"Well isn't that special!"

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-18 09:31 PM | Reply

"THat wasn't the RNC"

Yes it is.
Who is banning teaching American kids about America's racist history?
Republicans.

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-18 09:32 PM | Reply

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