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[COMMENTARY] Texas Senate Passes Bill Ending Teaching Requirement Calling KKK ‘Morally Wrong’

[COMMENTARY] Texas Senate Passes Bill Ending Teaching Requirement Calling KKK ‘Morally Wrong’

First, they erased Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, the Texas Senate has passed a bill to rewrite the history of the Ku Klux Klan.

Republican senators in Texas have continued their ongoing fight against cultural awareness in the state’s public schools. The recently passed bill will eliminate the requirement that teaches that the Ku Klux Klan and its historic terror are “morally wrong.”

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Senate Bill 3, which passed last Friday 18 votes to 4, will eliminate most mentions of people of color from the state’s required curriculum. More than two dozen curriculum requirements have been cut by the bill, including the study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the reading of writings about the women’s suffragist movement, Native American history, and the work of labor activist Cesar Chavez.

Black history is American history, and for a bunch of legislators to decide what kids should and shouldn’t learn about our country’s past based on their own feelings goes against everything America was founded on. History isn’t a perfect fairytale or easy or fun; it’s real and devastating and fact-based. You don’t have to like it, but you have to learn it, so you can hopefully learn from it.

Unless you’re a Republican in Texas. Then, all bets are off for women and Black people. In Texas, women and people of color are secondary citizens who should just stfu and let the white men decide everything for them.

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Texas’ Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praised the passage of the bill, saying that it rejects “philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another.” He added that Texas parents “want their students to learn how to think critically, not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism.”

America and our Constitution ARE rooted in racism, and for anyone to deny that is to promote racism.

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